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Children will suffer from cuts in mental health services, says Robin Balbernie.

During National Adoption Week, we launched NCH Black Families, an innovative adoption service set up to find safe and loving homes for children from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities across the UK.

LET'S FIGHT THE FEES

The UK appears doomed to be a nation waddling towards a fat future, according to the Foresight report on obesity (see News, page 4).

It is great news that the Department for Children, Schools and Families will be taking joint responsibility with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for policies on children's play. As children reclaim the streets for play on the 20th annual Playday on 1 August, it reminds us that play and recreation has a central role in children's quality of life.

Is a child's conscience shaped by their parents or the culture around them, wonders Pat Wills.

The childcare sector has good news and bad news to ponder lately, as viewed by Alan Bentley.

Charter for Childhood is a two-pronged attack on the commercialisation of childhood, calling for restrictions on advertising to children and better provision for outdoor play.

Childcare professionals from all over the globe can find common ground at conferences, says Helen Penn.

SAPHNA, the School and Public Health Nurses Association, welcomes the Government's White Paper Care Matters, and recognises it as a valuable vehicle for improving the poor outcomes, particularly in relation to health, of looked-after children and young people.

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