Troubled families

London tops evictions figures

According to the housing charity Shelter more than 215,000  households ( approximately 4000 per week) in England are at risk of eviction or repossession. New research based on data from the Ministry of Justice shows 16 out of the top 20 Boroughs issuing notices are located in London and its surrounding suburbs.

Counting the cost of behaviour problems in young children

Hyperactivity and behaviour problems are associated with increased health, social care and criminal justice costs in adulthood according to a report released by The London School of Economics. The study shows the increase in costs to be between two and three times for children with behaviour problems. This report provides much needed data as little […]

Problem debt; the true impact on children

A new report published jointly by The Children’s Society, and StepChange Debt reveals that 2.5 million children are living in families with problem debt in the UK amounting to an estimated £4.8billion of payments on household bills and loan repayments.

Looked-after children doing better at school

Children in care are catching up with their peers in school attainment tests, a new statistical release from the Department for Education shows. At both age seven and eleven, the achievement gap in maths, reading and writing narrowed between 2009 and 2013.

How to raise attendance at children’s centres

Postal appeals and doorstep canvassing do not increase attendance at Sure Start Centres, research shows. A controlled trial with 3,444 non-attending families found those subjected to these initiatives were no more likely to start attending.

Violence in same-sex relationships

Research into domestic violence within same-sex relationships is discussed in a new book by academics from Sunderland and Bristol. Domestic violence and sexuality is published by the Policy Press.

Domestic violence: listening to victims

Centres where victims of domestic abuse can access services under one roof are ‘a collaborative opportunity whose time has come,’ according to the first study of a UK Family Justice Centre. Society Central looks at the evidence.