Professor Tamsin Ford Answers All of Your Questions

Leading psychiatrist, Professor Tamsin Ford, joins us to answer your top questions about anything and everything related to raising children. This open and honest interview draws on both Professor Ford’s expertise and her personal experiences and covers topics as diverse as aspiration, the school assessment system, adoption and gender. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Dr Weston Talks with Bennie Kara: Embracing and Valuing Diversity in Schools

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Bennie Kara, deputy headteacher, author and speaker on diversity in the curriculum and school environment. Bennie shares her wealth of expertise on how schools can build an inclusive school culture, talks about the importance of language and outlines some key terminology that all educators and parents should be aware of.

Supporting Your Child to Step Away From and Challenge Harmful Talk in Their Peer Group

We’ve joined forces with Dr Elly Hanson to bring you some top tips, straight from the evidence-base, on how to help your child challenge harmful talk and bigotry and what they can do to avoid it. It also includes advice on what you can do if you find that your child is engaging in conversations or using language that denigrates various groups of people.

List of LGBTQ+ Terms

Talking about sexual orientation and gender identity with young people might feel daunting for some parents and educators. Having a good understanding of the terminology will help to make conversations a little easier. We’ve put together a glossary of terms that might be useful. It’s our aim to be inclusive of all identities, so if you think we’ve missed anything important out, please let us know.

Sources of Support for LGBTQ+ Teens

If your child is LGBTQ+ and needs support, here are some great services that can help. Many of them offer assistance to family members too.

Books that Celebrate Different Types of Families

We know from research that feeling unrepresented in books or films can make young people who are from non-traditional family forms feel different or invisible. This can have a detrimental effect on their mental health and self-esteem. We’ve compiled a list of books for children and young people of all ages which celebrate families of all shapes and sizes. Have a look for some inspiration, and get in touch if you know of any others!

Dr Weston Talks with Professor Susan Golombok: Non-Traditional Family Forms

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Professor Susan Golombok about non-traditional family forms. They discuss the research evidence showing that children from families with same-sex parents, single mothers by choice and families created by assisted reproductive technologies generally thrive, in many cases more so than children from more traditional families.