Troubled children can be helped through programmes which focus on their parents, a new study shows. The evaluation of the Incredible Years programme showe it led to better behaviour and improved wellbeing 12 months later.
More than 170,000 children were being informally fostered by relatives in the UK, according to new research based on data from the 2001 census. The highest levels were in inner London and in Manchester, where three per cent of all children were in such arrangements.
A five year survey of 3500 single parents, published by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, reveals that instead of improving their lives, extensive in-work support left them with lower psychological well-being, worried more about money, and increasingly prone to debt.
A new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that child poverty in Scotland has fallen twice as fast as in England over the last ten years, due mainly to a decrease in poverty amongst single parent families.
There may be widespread political support for the idea of shared parenting in the Children and Families Bill, but just how easy is it for dads to keep in contact with their non-resident children?
Many claims have been made about the value of free school meals. Later this year all 5-7 year olds will be entitled to them, but what does the hard evidence show us? Conor Ryan from the Sutton Trust takes a look.
One in eleven people in Britain fear they won’t be able to afford their rent or mortgage at the end of this month, according to new research just released from Shelter. The charity says that unless they get help, some of the families struggling now could face the very real prospect of losing their home this […]
As the recession continues to grip the UK and austerity squeezes family budgets, more working families are falling into food poverty turning to foodbanks for help. Whilst foodbanks are lauded as examples of the “Big Society” in action and play a central role in helping to alleviate hunger for many, many say they are failing to tackle the root causes of poverty. Society Central asks if we are in danger of losing sight of the bigger issue.
If we want to have a proper civic conversation, it’s time to do something about the critical shortage of social scientists with the skills needed to analyse and evaluate data argues David Walker.
The Liberal Democrats have made great play of their recent announcement to make school meals free for all children in the first three years of school. But will this policy help combat child poverty? Dr Samantha Callan of the Centre for Social Justice says that’s unlikely and argues existing initiatives could achieve more.