There's something for everyone in today's post. First of all, those of you with a historical interest in childhood, or the current ongoing debate over children's safety, may be interested in an article from The Times which looks at how children have been protected over the years. While the article is not a serious piece of research, it does contain some interesting insights as to how attitudes have changed over the decades.
If you want to get your teeth into something meatier, then two new detailed reports from UNICEF and Ofsted should keep you going. The State of the World's Children 2008 is the latest in a series of annual reports from UNICEF, and looks at child survival rates and health care for mothers and their children around the globe.
Somewhat closer to home, How Well Are They Doing? is a new piece of research from Ofsted which evaluates how the impact that services like extended schools and Sure Start children's centres are having on young people and their families.