Children with married parents show a higher level of self-esteem than those in other types of family arrangements, a new study has shown. The Marriage Foundation analysed data relating to 3,800 children from the ages of 11 to 16. The data was drawn from the British Household Panel Survey. Sir Paul Coleridge, funder of the Foundation said of the findings: “Not only is a married couple more likely to save their child from undergoing the trauma of family breakdown, we now have evidence that parent’s public declaration of commitment to each other significantly alters a child’s self-perception and self-esteem.”
The freedom advocacy group ADF International has reiterated that “every child deserves to be raised by his or her mother and father” as the world marks the Global Day of Parents on June 1. In a statement to mark the day first established by the United Nations in 2012, Paul Coleman, Deputy Director for ADF International, said: “At a time when more and more people seem to be seeking individual fulfilment, it is important to highlight the value of the self-sacrificial love that parents around the world have for their children. It is vital that our societies remind themselves of the significance of devoted parental care to future generations.”
Britain’s Minister for Women and Equalities has welcomed a move by the Lloyds Banking Group to offer employees backing for sex change surgery under a new healthcare scheme. Minister Nicky Morgan said Lloyds was “leading the way” on transsexualism. “One of the things that strikes me every time I meet someone who has an interest in [transsexual issues] is they want to be who they are. We have an obligation as a society to help that”. Lloyds said it will offer sex change surgery as part of its healthcare provision, citing the ‘wellbeing’ of staff. The banking group, which includes Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland, is thought to be the first UK-owned employer to do so.