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Bringing up Britain

Mariella Frostrup presents the series that explores the complex realities of parenting in today's Britain.

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Bringing Up Britain presenter Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC Radio 4's parenting series, Bringing up Britain, returns for another year to explore the complex realities of parenting in today's Britain. Each episode, Mariella Frostrup hosts a debate about parenting with families, experts and policy-makers.

This series includes topics including:
Intelligence and IQ
Divorce and separation
Behaviour, manners and discipline


Join the debate

Let us know your views in the polls for each episode.

But what do children and young people think?

Dr Victoria Cooper asks 'Do we really listen to children and young people?' in an article about participation from the Children's Research Centre at the Open University. Ellie Jones speaks about her experience of youth participation in a video interview.

We also asked a group of 12-16 year olds what they think of the poll questions and issues in each episodes - click here to see the results and compare their answers with your own views. 

Find out more

Here on OpenLearn, you can dive deeper into the subject of parenting, childhood and youth studies:

The first episode airs at 9.00am on Wednesday 2nd September 2015 on BBC Radio 4, with an edited repeat at 9.30pm. For more information, visit the programme page on

Divorce, separation and children

A collection of family members Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Solarseven | With nearly a third of all children likely to experience their parents separating by the age of 16, Bringing Up Britain explores what parents can do when they have decided to end their relationship.

What is the best way to break the news to your child? How should you manage sharing care for a child? When is it right to introduce new partners? Or should we just be trying harder to stay together for the kids?

In this second episode of the new series, Mariella is joined by experts to discuss how best to parent through a divorce or separation. Guests include Penny Mansfield from the charity OnePlusOne; Bob Grieg, the founder of the single parenting advice website OnlyDads,; clinical psychologist Angharad Rudkin; Harry Benson from the Marriage Foundation, a charity that champions marriage; and Jane Robey from National Family Mediation.

Take the poll - What can parents do when their relationship is ending?

But what do children and young people think?

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Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Behaviour, manners and discipline In the final programme of three, Mariella and guests debate the best methods of tackling bad behaviour when children... Read more
Divorce, separation and children In the second programme, Mariella and guests explore what parents can do when they have decided to end their... Read more
Boosting your child's IQ In the first programme, Mariella Frostrup and guests start the new school year exploring what can affect a child's IQ. Read more


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