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Parenting Forum

As part of the History & Policy network, this Forum seeks to bring together historians with policy-makers, practitioners and researchers into parenting in order to examine ways in which the history of parenting can influence policies and practice today.

Parenting Forum Blog

Latest Entry: The troubles with and of families across 150 years: the case of COS constructions and interventions

In the wake of the 2011 civil unrest, Prime Minister David Cameron identified the cause as inadequate parenting within ‘what some people call problem and others call troubled families’. The Troubled Families programme was born. Historically, this was the latest in a line of lenses through which to view families with problems and what to do about them. . . . read more on our blog.


30 Years of ChildLine: A Witness Seminar

1 June 2016, BT Tower
In October 2016, ChildLine will celebrate its 30th Anniversary. To mark this event, Dr Eve Colpus and Dr Jenny Crane were funded by the Wellcome Trust and the University of Southampton to organise a witness seminar. Distinguished witnesses included Dame Esther Rantzen (founder of ChildLine), John Cameron (Head of Helplines at NSPCC), Colin Butler (ChildLine counsellor 1986-present), David Brindle (Guardian Public Services Editor), Anne Longfield (Children's Commissioner), Mathew Thomson (historian) and Shaun Woodward (former MP).

See more on our previous events here.


Events and debate in the history of parenting:

Website: Children's games and toys on What the Victorians Threw Away.
Article: Jane Hand, 'Premature Birth and the NHS', Peoples History of the NHS, 1 June 2016.
Opinion: Deborah Orr, 'Yamato Tanooka's story has exposed the perils of parenting', Guardian, 3 June 2016.
Exhibit: 'Hide and Seek: Looking for Children in the Past', January 2016 - January 2017, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
Conference: Horrible Histories? Children's Lives in Historical Contexts Conference, Thursday 16 and Friday 17 June 2016, King’s College London.

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