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Damien Hirst has today unveiled a new spot painting based on Disney character Mickey Mouse.

School meal prices rise by a quarter

School dinners will cost up to 25 per cent more this year compared to last.

Video: Brad and Angelina 'to marry'

Hollywood's first couple are rumoured to be walking down the aisle after pressure from their kids.

Video: "No hiding place" for child groomers

Peter Davies of the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre says more must be done to prevent "localised grooming".

Video: Miracle 14oz baby survives

Callum Duff is a survivor after being born after just 25 weeks weighing 14oz.

The road to recovery: the naughty child feeling

You know it’s time to step back for a minute or two when you’re getting taught common sense by a three-year-old. Let me explain.

Video: 'Opportunities missed' in Tia Rigg case

A report by Salford Children's Safeguarding Board says 12-year-old Tia Rigg's murder shows there are problems with social services but that her death was not 'preventable'.

Let’s talk about sex, baby

A new survery has shown nearly two thirds of parents asked disagreed with sex education being taught in schools ‘even if it is from a young age’.

Tim Lott: Thank you, Mum, for giving me life, and for a love that was endless

Our writer remembers his much-loved mother, who died by her own hand two decades ago

Children dealing with trauma

No government, however wealthy, can be expected to prevent what rose to 10 metre tsunami waves smashing down on and fairly disintegrating articulated trucks to houses, schools and tragically people.

The 50 best Christmas gifts for children

Kate Watson-Smyth fills the family stockings with this year’s top toys, greatest games and grooviest gadgets

Girl, eight, 'told mother she was raped'



An eight-year-old girl told her mother she had been raped by two boys aged 10, the Old Bailey heard today.

Child maintenance system struggling to cope

The new body responsible for enforcing the payment of child maintenance by absent parents is facing a "rapid" increase in cases which cannot be dealt with by its flawed IT system, according to a report released today.

Richard Bradford: No kids please, we're British

What is it with this emerging phenomenon of happy couples-to-be banishing kids from the wedding guest list?

The ten best budget activities for children

Amy McLellan offers a treasure trove of ideas that won't break the bank this summer
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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn