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Big Data, Ethics and Children
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Big Data, Ethics and Children

In a matter of years the recording of a child or young person’s activities within the public sphere has gone from being consequent to an act of god (or heroics) to a relatively ubiquitous phenomena, slowly conquering continents, and reflected in the statistical estimate that 1 in 3 children now access the internet globally.
League tables apart: Report Card 14 League Table on children and the SDGs
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League tables apart: Report Card 14 League Table on children and the SDGs

The League Table presented in UNICEF’s latest Innocenti Report Card 14, Building the Future: Children and the Sustainable Development Goals in Rich Countries, clearly shows which high-income countries are doing well, and which are doing poorly, in terms of achieving outcomes for their children as broadly defined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We cannot end child poverty in Europe without measuring all of its dimensions
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We cannot end child poverty in Europe without measuring all of its dimensions

The European Union measures child poverty as the share of children living in households with incomes below 60 per cent of the national median, but this indicator tells us little about how children fare within their families. A child living in a well-off household may still be deprived of the possessions, services and social relationships that other children take for granted.
Child and adolescent mental health key indicators of progress toward SDG targets
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Child and adolescent mental health key indicators of progress toward SDG targets

Any parent can recognise the signs of early distress in a small child.  Young children can be very vocal in showing their emotions: crying, shouting, kicking or throwing toys around.  But when they reach early adolescence psychological problems can become more acute, less easy to detect and even more difficult to fix. Parents are often no longer capable of providing help and become dependent on professional help.
Improving school systems from beyond school walls
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Improving school systems from beyond school walls

No one would disagree that education systems should develop every child’s personal and social skills, and should equip them with the competencies needed for adult work. Recognising this, governments aim to achieve the dual ambitions of economic growth and social stability through investment in schools.
Responses to the global recession: How have children been affected?
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Responses to the global recession: How have children been affected?

It has been 10 years since the first tremors were felt in the American sub-prime mortgage market which later rocked the entire planet through a global recession. 
Seven briefs for seven adolescent research challenges
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Seven briefs for seven adolescent research challenges

On behalf of the Lancet Commission and the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, I am very pleased to announce the birth of a new series of seven briefs on how to conduct research with adolescents in low- and middle- income countries.
Investigating the drivers of violence affecting children in Viet Nam
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Investigating the drivers of violence affecting children in Viet Nam

A couple of years ago the view of the perfectly terraced rice paddy fields of Viet Nam from my airplane window seemed both beautiful and unnerving. Like most Americans of my generation the violent conflict that engulfed this region in the 60s and 70s still evoked powerful feelings.
Famines and stunting: Are adolescents the hardest hit?
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Famines and stunting: Are adolescents the hardest hit?

The UN recently raised a red flag that we are heading for one of the worst humanitarian crises since 1945. 20 million people in four countries – South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria – face the risk of famine. The world could witness horrors again. 
Is longitudinal research the best response to the ‘post-truth’ order?
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Is longitudinal research the best response to the ‘post-truth’ order?

Longitudinal studies are an irreplaceable resource for understanding trajectories, transitions and shocks over time. Undeniably, the UK leads the world in tracking the life course of its citizens through longitudinal research. 
The social realities of making evidence matter in development
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The social realities of making evidence matter in development

Knowledge and evidence for policy and practice matters in any context. But critical scrutiny of the evidence to policy process is particularly important in development contexts, where knowledge is often produced or brokered by external actors. 
What can Harry Potter teach us about multidimensional child poverty?
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What can Harry Potter teach us about multidimensional child poverty?

What does it mean for a child to be poor? At first glance the question seems trivial, but when you ponder it for a moment, the answer is not so easily formulated. 
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