Fathers and parenting – before and after a split

Policy makers want fathers to be more involved with their children and for less dads to lose contact with their children after a split. New research shows there may be lessons for policy makers about parenting before a split occurs.

Can unemployment kill?

Can unemployment seriously affect your health? There is growing evidence to suggest that it does. The recession may be over but the impacts of long term unemployment are yet to emerge.

Ethnicity, birthweight and growth in early childhood

Children born to second and third generation immigrants tend to have a lower birthweight but by the age of five they are often taller than their white peers. What can health professionals looking to target disadvantaged groups learn from recent research examining these questions?

Young mothers, education, and teenage pregnancy

Many pregnant teenagers and young mothers have become disengaged from mainstream education which leaves them vulnerable and dependent upon the welfare benefits system. Re-engagement with education in a vocational setting can help them to restore a sense of self worth, and self confidence.

Poverty and ethnicity: what are the links?

Why are disproportionate numbers of people from ethnic minority groups stuck in low-paid jobs? Helen Barnard of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation says specific policy initiatives are needed to address the issue.

Alcohol and drug education – what does the evidence say?

The creation of ‘well-rounded’ young people with ‘character’, resilience, and ‘grit’ is a key priority for the Department for Education. Building resilience and character is crucial to reducing engagement in unhealthy risky behaviours says Jamila Boughelaf of the Mentor alcohol and drugs charity.

Poverty: the real story?

A new report tells the stories of 20 people living in poverty, struggling against the odds – as well as hardening attitudes and a lack of understanding of their lives – and calls urgently for change.

Social science: why does it matter?

Social science provides a vital critical perspective on policy – but in a service-driven economy it also has many practical applications, argues David Walker, head of policy at the Academy of Social Sciences and the Campaign for Social Science.