About The Children Webmag
Children Webmag was first published on 1 January 2000, and it has come out on the first of (almost) every month since then. When it was started, the idea of a magazine on the internet was still fairly new. The volume of material on the web has increased massively since then. The first issues contained only a few articles, and issues are now much fuller, containing a mixture of regular columnists, reports of events, articles and book reviews.
In June 2015 the Webmag transferred to the the National Centre for Therapeutic Residential and Foster Care, run from the Mulberry Bush School in Oxfordshire (you can read more about the National Centre here)
The primary aim of Children Webmag is to foster high standards of child care by informing those who work with children and young people, encouraging them to share ideas, to think, to learn, to develop new approaches and working methods, to research, to read and to enjoy the work.
Surveys have shown that Children Webmag’s readers are mainly people who work with children and young people of all ages, ranging from early years to young adulthood. Readers are largely from the UK, but there are sizeable readerships in other English-speaking countries and a scatter of readers world-wide. English is rapidly becoming the main international language for child care workers. Children Webmag is, however, prepared to publish material in other languages, and over the years articles have appeared in several languages.
Children Webmag’s editorial policy has
- supported the recognition of children as individuals;
- seen children in their social and cultural contexts;
- been independent of political parties, religions and denominations;
- supported children’s rights;
- opposed physical punishment;
- supported the development of social pedagogy;
- encouraged innovation in child care;
- valued all types of child care service in so far as they meet individuals’ needs;
- encouraged the sharing of ideas internationally through organisations such as FICE and AIEJI;
- supported the development of a child care / social pedagogy / social education profession;
- urged readers to contribute to the Webmag.
There are currently six Board members who are Trustees of Children Webmag, which was registered as a charity in 2008 (No. 1125887).
- Dr Keith White
- Michael Jones
- John Diamond
- John Whitwell
- Jane Smiley
- Hugo Pickering
Children Webmag has also received support over the years from the Institute of Child Care and Social Education, the Social Education Trust, Caring for Children and the University of Northampton.
The Board has a Web Operations Team which oversees the month-by-month production of the Webmag, a Fundraising Group and a Training Group. The Consultant Editor responsible for the preparation of material is John Diamond.
Although the Webmag has a small income from advertising, its main source of revenue is grants and sponsorship from charitable and educational organisations who value the material which Children Webmag publishes. The budget to date has been modest and has not matched the scope and potential of the Webmag. We are specifically looking for voluntary contributions to support the development of Children Webmag as an educational charity. The sponsorship of specific columns or of issues will also be appreciated.
You can contact us here.