How the Co-op Works Training 16 April, Kings Heath

Join us  6-7.30pm Tuesday 16 April Upstairs at All Saints Centre, Kings Heath to look at Co-op Values and Principles in practice and how to get involved in the Children’s Quarter. Children’s Quarter is a co-operative of member organisations committed to Co-operative Principles: Voluntary and Open Membership Democratic Member Control Member Economic Participation Autonomy and Independence…Read moreRead more

Why Improving School-Community Links Matters

Schools are increasingly ‘hiding’ children and young people who don’t ‘fit the box’; Children’s Quarter wants to improve the links between schools and communities so that ALL young people get a good education.  We’ve been highlighting the way school exclusions are being used – and in November 2018 held a Children’s Quarter event on improving…Read moreRead more

In the ‘Average’ Classroom of 30 Children…

3 children would be living with limiting long-term conditions 8 children have a parent with mental health problems and 1 child would be living in a household where both parents have serious mental health problems 3 children would have relatively serious mental health issues themselves 1 child would be caring for their parents or siblings…Read moreRead more

Inclusive Health – 13 September Digbeth

If you care about how children and young people – including those who are disabled or who experience mental illness – are served in Birmingham, then please come to this open event on Inclusive Health organised by Children’s Quarter (and stay on for some lunch and to join us as a supporter).  Inclusive Health Children…Read moreRead more

Half of children have been bullied… and weight and body shape are the main focus

In a typical classroom of 30 children, 15 will have been bullied at some point in their time at school according to the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.  Most bullying focuses on weight and body shape – and it has major impact on victims according to a 2015 survey for Good Morning Britain’s Action! Against Bullying campaign.  That…Read moreRead more

More than 1.5m Children in Unsupported Families with Complex Needs

There are an estimated 1.6 million children in families in England with complex needs for which there is no national established, recognised form of support according to the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.  That includes, for example, children in families in which parents have mental health issues, or are facing domestic violence, or are living in…Read moreRead more

More than Half of Young People Bullied because of how they look…

More than half (55%) of ALL young people have been bullied about the way they look according to a YMCA report.  Most of the bullying focuses on weight and body shape; two fifths of those being bullied experience it at least once a week.  Contrary to popular belief, bullying mainly happens face to face in…Read moreRead more

What are the most common mental health problems young people face…

Mental health disorders that are most frequent in the teenage years include those associated with: anxiety and depression, eating disorders, serious antisocial behaviour, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and self-harm.  Teenage years are also the age when rarer psychotic disorders can emerge: half of all lifetime cases of psychiatric disorders start by age 14…Read moreRead more

Child poverty makes mental illness more likely

11 year olds from the lowest income families are 4.5 times more likely to experience severe mental health problems when compared to those from the highest income families. See the Mental Health Foundation’s Fundamental Facts  @mentalhealth (more…)

Young people’s mental health matters…

Half of all lifetime cases of psychiatric disorders start by age 14 and three quarters by age 24. Some estimates suggest the majority start before age 18 See the Association for Young People’s Health  @AYPHcharity (more…)