Single motherhood places huge strains on the individual and can lead to increased risk of both mental and physical ill health in later years. The health of single mothers matters but at present is seemingly ignored by policy makers.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The idea of a Citizen’s Income has been embraced by thinkers from both left and right. But would it work? Malcolm Torry looks at the evidence.
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 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.
The public debate about how to achieve better public services has unhelpfully been dominated by opposing ideological stances which state “private sector good, public sector bad,” argues Quentin Maxwell-Jackson, author of a new report on the subject.