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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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Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

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Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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8 best workout DVDs

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable