Thursday, March 03, 2005


Originally uploaded by Pip Wilson.

..... I agree with this in the Guardian today .....
Lucy Ward, social affairs correspondent .....

" English society lacks the "warmth" towards children that is found in other European countries, according to the first children's commissioner for England' who was appointed yesterday.

Al Aynsley-Green, at the moment the government's child health tsar, warned of a "deep ambivalence" in England towards children and childhood, with families and parents caring greatly about their own children but remaining unconcerned about other people's.

Children living in poverty or facing disadvantage, and particularly those with disabilities, are being marginalised, Professor Aynsley-Green told the Guardian in his first interview since his appointment, pointing to Scandinavia and southern Europe as societies with child-friendly cultures."