Yvonne Lawson: I lost my son to knife crime - here's my advice for parents. Yvonne Lawson's son, Godwin, was stabbed and killed in 2010. She set up the Godwin Lawson Foundation in the wake of his death, helping young people find positive opportunities to avoid getting involved with gangs. Here's her advice for parents.
Community violence refers to deliberate acts of interpersonal violence committed in a neighbourhood. It might involve a chase, a physical attack or a verbal threat. It can be experienced directly by the victim, or indirectly – through witnessing an incident happening to someone else. Exposure to community violence is known to be related to a … Continue reading How living in violent communities can affect children’s antisocial behaviour
Dr Lisa Mundy is Project Manager, Murdoch Children's Research Institute. She is part of the first study in the world to take a detailed look at the middle years. She helped start the CATS project, led by Professor George Patton. It’s a longitudinal study of the health and emotional development of 1200 Melbourne children through their middle years. … Continue reading The Importance of Your Child’s Middle Years
Play Wales have just published an information sheet on play for children from 11 to 16 years. This publication comes at a time it is increasingly important to understand the needs of this age group. The information sheet looks at: Avoiding assumptions based on age alone Understanding the adolescent brain Play behaviours of older children … Continue reading Older children play too