News A Save the Children organised event at Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the Syrian border, last month

The charity defends itself from claim it refrained from criticising its backers

Family affairs: Young single men struggle to be fathers

Young single men want to be good fathers to their children even when they do not live with them. But they face a range of barriers to do so, according to the Family Policy Studies Centre.

Delay on fate of last tsar

Delay on fate of last tsar

Nanny Trial: `Wild child' put nanny off job

A British woman said yesterday that she had turned down a job as nanny with the Eappen family because of the "wild" behaviour of their other child, whom she feared could hurt himself.

Correction: St Saviour's Infant School, Great Sutton, South Wirral

St Saviour's Infant School, Great Sutton, South Wirral, said

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Babies at risk of cot death may be identified in future by studying heartbeat, it emerged yesterday.

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Sir: The Government's decision to review whether more can be done to tackle domestic violence is very welcome (report, 12 August).

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Fathers work an average of four hours a week more than men without children, with most having full-time jobs and working on average more than 47 hours a week.

Letter: Without guilt

I am mother to an 18-month-old son, six months pregnant, and am working part time, not because I have to financially but because I would go frantic with boredom and frustration if I did not. My child is happy, sociable, loving, energetic and living a full and varied life, as am I and as is my partner. We are free of guilt and full of pride that our son is so adorable.

Letter: CSA told me to give up work

Sir: Polly Toynbee's conclusion that the Child Support Agency does little to help single mothers (article, 23 June) will come as no surprise to single mothers who have tried to use the system.

Baby had no chance, says doctor

The doctor accused of letting a premature baby die in her mother's arms said it would have been "futile, heroic and foolish" to try to keep the child alive.

Letter: Voucher poser

Sir: So nursery vouchers are to be withdrawn in the autumn. As this government's stated priorities are "education, education and education", is it safe to assume that to coincide with the withdrawal of vouchers a state nursery place will be made available for every four-year-old so that children whose parents could not afford a private nursery place without vouchers will not be deprived? I only ask.

Fairytale pregnancy for couple

A childless woman whose best friend gave her a baby and then took it back yesterday confirmed she is finally expecting her own child.

Letter: Mind your language

I have just read your article concerning bad language and children. ("The Language Barrier", Education+, 17 April)

Society: CSA failing to ease parents' burden

The Child Support Agency has so far only had a "small impact" on the lives of lone parents when the potential to help them is there, according to a new report by the Policy Studies Institute. Single parents who co-operate with the CSA could be 60 per cent better off than those who remain on income support, it found.

Call for register of childcarers

Nursery nurses yesterday called for a national compulsory register of nannies and other childcarers amid concern that as many of half of those calling themselves nannies may be unqualified.
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