About Us

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 we 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.

Aims and Policies

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.

The Board

There are currently six Board members who are Trustees of Children Webmag, which was registered as a charity in 2008 (No. 1125887).

  • Dr Keith J. White: Chair
  • Maureen O’Hagan: Vice Chair
  • Mike Jones: Treasurer
  • Valerie Jackson
  • Gill Wilton
  • Angie Bartoli

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 David Lane. Jeremy Curtis is the Production Manager.


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. Voluntary contributions to support the development of Children Webmag as an educational charity will be welcome. The sponsorship of specific columns or of issues will also be appreciated.

The Future

The Trustees hope to improve the Webmag in terms of the quality and quantity of its contents, its design, its links with other websites and the size of its readership. The issue to be published in January 2010 will celebrate Children Webmag’s tenth anniversary and it is planned as a special edition.


Keith White

Keith White - Chair

Keith lives and cares for children and young people in Mill Grove where his family has lived for four generations. Since 1899 it has been a family home where children unable to live with their own parents have been welcomed.

David Lane

David Lane - Consultant Editor

After starting with eight years as a residential child care worker, David ended his career with eighteen years in local government senior management. Since 1993 he has been an independent consultant, acting as an expert witness and as Chair of a national charity, among other things. Over the years he has held office in CCETSW, CCHN, CfC, FICE, ICSE, LCF, LHT, NCB, NCMA, NISW, SCA, SSLG and other organisations.


Jeremy Curtis - IT Support & Web Design

Jeremy owns & runs Flint IT providing Professional IT Computer Support Services & Web Design Services. Flint IT is a Microsoft Small Business Specialist.

Valerie Jackson

Valerie Jackson - Early Years Editor

Valerie is an independent Management and Quality Provision Consultant and Facilitator for Children and Young People at The Real Child Care Company.

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