Loneliness: all by myself

Loneliness doesn’t simply hit at Christmas, or solely afflict a certain age group. In fact it’s been called an epidemic that affects all ages, all year round, reports journalist Phil Harris.

Period poverty: tackling the taboo

Being unable to afford the basic necessity of sanitary protection is a reality for many women and girls in the UK. There’s also a compounding stigma around menstruation. Journalist Juliette Astrup investigates.

The big health divide

There are still clear gaps in life expectancy and health depending on where you live, reports journalist Anna Scott. What’s going on?

Personal resilience

Professor Ivan Robertson explains the importance of resilience for health, work and sustaining performance under pressure.

The big vision: interview with John Bird

Co-founder of The Big Issue empire John Bird talks about the way to lift people out of poverty, fighting social injustice and his plans to make it all happen.

Neglect linked to unemployment

Unemployment can cause an increase in child neglect as worse-off parents cannot provide for a child’s basic needs, says new Oxford University research.

Wales: funding boost for ACE programme

An all-Wales programme to help police deal with vulnerable people via early intervention and root-cause prevention has received a £6.87m boost.

England and Wales: police see surge in sexting cases

The number of children in England and Wales involved in sexting offences – sending or possessing sexual images of themselves or others – has more than doubled since 2014-15, police say. They recorded more than 6200 incidents this year, up from 2700 two years ago.

UK: welfare reform to push a million more children into poverty

The number of children living in poverty in the UK will soar to a record 5.2 million – or 37% of all children – over the next five years, new research says.

Annual conference 2017: childhood trauma causes health to deteriorate ‘10 to 15 years faster’

Traumatic events in childhood, such as neglect and child abuse, lead to poorer physical and mental health, said Mark Bellis.

Annual conference 2017: NSPCC urges parents to ‘take 5’

The NSPCC has launched a new campaign in Wales promoting ‘positive parenting’ designed to help tackle child abuse.

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