20/09/2009: TACT: Children at risk - what should be the role of the state in family life?
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Children at risk - what should be the role of the state in family life?
We are delighted with the array of high profile speakers we have confirmed as follows, which should ensure a lively debate, so come along to have your say!
Liberal Democrat Fringe, Sun 20 Sept, from 6.15 to 7.30pm, The Connaught Hotel, Bournemouth
Chair: Esther Rantzen, Journalist, Campaigner & Presenter
Speakers: Annette Brooke - MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Children, Young People & Families John Hemming - MP, Chair of "Justice for Families"
Kevin Williams, TACT Chief Executive
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MPs are duty-bound to send their children to state schools, according to the chairman of the Commons education and skills committee.
State intervention in family life can be justified if parents are trying to operate in a "moral vacuum", Children's Minister Margaret Hodge said today.
The government has promised to take action after a new report today catalogues the "shocking" levels of disadvantage suffered by children in care in the UK.
The government's Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) received almost 800 calls for help in the first six months of this year, some allegedly from children under 16 years old.
Despite frequent public health warnings parents are still smoking near their children, according to new NHS research.
Brown promises 'truly family friendly' welfare state
Seroxat 'should not be prescribed to children'
David Cameron is refusing to grant a public inquiry into the brutal murder of Pat Finucane, despite anger and disappointment from the Belfast solicitor's family.
The government has been accused of putting children at risk through proposals to deport failed child asylum seekers.
A report published today says there are thousands of children at risk of sexual and violent abuse at the hands of organised criminal gangs.