The super-fit father of three who is dealing with motor neurone disease with extraordinary grace and stoicism.
The quality of student rentals is a disgrace with letting agents cashing in.
Long abandoned, this grim orphanage for the children of Liverpool seamen has reopened — as a tourist attraction for believers in the paranormal. I went back to the institution that made my own mother’s childhood a misery.
Unearthed in the Scottish Highlands, an old shoe box contained letters from a generation of lonely and desperate illegitimate mothers confiding in an agony aunt who was not what she seemed
Anorexia nervosa in primary school children is on the rise, I spoke to mothers who face a daily battle to keep their children alive
The Royal College of Midwives has reversed it’s policy on natural labour but it’s too late to help the thousands of women damaged for life by instrumental deliveries
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Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong and potentially lethal affliction that has reached epidemic proportions. It is incredibly difficult to manage — young sufferers and their families tell their moving stories.
Tough love. Critics say it is demanding and cruel, and the Department of Health won’t recognise it. But a high pressure autism treatment is changing these little boys’ lives.
When Tom was killed in a tragic accident playing hockey, his parents gave permission for all his organs and tissues to be donated.
I had thought about fostering for years. Alex, mother of the then children’s minister, inspired me to get on with it.
How disadvantaged and vulnerable children are given the chance to shine alongside the sons and daughters of the wealthy.
While foster families look after children, the charity Shared Lives applies the model to challenged adults..
Five foster carers talk to me about how it feels to care for other people’s children..
Fives years’ ago I met musically talented children from poorer families all over London who had been chosen to receive financial support and mentoring so they could continue to play their instruments. I went back to find out whether the scheme had been a success
Rigid discipline and academic vigour are helping to transform the lives of students at a school in an area scarred by deprivation and gang violence.
My sister describes how she and her two kids came out.
Fathers often lose contact with their children after divorce, but more and more mothers are going through the same searing experience
Autistic children are a magnet for media attention, but what sort of lives do they lead when they grow up?
Strictly Speaking, I won.. The unforgettable Nancy del Olio on Strictly and why it’s nothing without her.
The interviewee who got up and stormed out..
Lucian Freud was an obsessive task master and father of 15 – His daughter, Annie and others remember what it was like to sit for him.
Joely talks about losing Natasha and the future of the Richardson dynasty.
These victims of locked-in syndrome are unable to move or speak, yet determined to life to the full.
What happens after you almost win X factor? And can you make a career out of losing?
Martin Amis and Christopher Hitchens discussed true love, friendship and each other.
It costs £123,000 a year to send severely traumatised children who have been multiply excluded from primary schools to The Mulberry Bush School in Oxfordshire, where experts help unravel years of abuse and neglect.
In many parts of Africa, the most prolific killer of young girls is pregnancy. Those who don’t die in childbirth, suffer appalling damage. I met pregnant twelve-year-old girls facing child birth in a Sierra Leone Slum.
Fifty years after the Thalidomide scandal broke, thalidomiders talk about their fight for justice and their battle to live normal lives.
Doga.. It’s a thing. But we weren’t very good at it..
A mother’s heart rending account of her daughter’s mental illness
A GP and father of an autistic young adult describes his battle for appropriate care for his son.
Once you start thinking of your house as a hot date, you will never again have to suffer the agony of coughing up thousands of pounds to stay in rental properties that turn out to be far less comfortable than your own home.
My own completely unscientific research has led me to believe that even the most objectionable child is nicer after a brisk bounce. But how safe are trampolines? Not very, according to experts.
How one family turned over their own home in Somerset to others seeking refuge
Across Britain, thousands of children skip school altogether. When the system fails, is home schooling the answer?
‘I was very lucky, as a kid I had everything thrown at me..’
Thalidomiders talk about their lives, fifty years’ on
Fifty years’ ago, The Sunday Times played a crucial role in uncovering the Thalidomide scandal. As the story is played out again on Call the Midwife, I met the mothers and their who took it and their children who suffered horrific deformities.
When the thalidomide scandal erupted in 1961, the drug was soon banned. Yet pregnant women in Spain continued taking it until the 1980s — and the authorities refuse to accept responsibility.
Fathers often lose contact with their children after divorce. Now, more and more mothers are going through that same searing experience.
Thousands of intensive care patients suffer terrifying hallucinations and PTSD – we are only just beginning to understand why
200,000 children in Britain look after sick or disabled relatives with little support
A journey through ‘treatments’ for my son’s learning difficulties
How the money was spent
20,000 Children are brain injured each year, yet only a handful receive specialist rehabilitation
Paula Daly owned her own home and business before losing everything. And she’s not alone. increasing numbers of middle class people are finding themselves among the ranks of ‘hidden homeless’.
Hundreds of children take to the stage every night. What is life like for them and are they being pushed too far?
Toby is nine years old. Last year he began starving himself. His parents, teachers and Doctors have no idea why. Caroline reports on the rise of anorexia in primary school children.