Troubled families

Parenting and behaviour

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.

Foster care

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.

In-work benefits: can they do more harm than good

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.

Household budgets at breaking point.

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 […]

Does the work of foodbanks obscure an uncomfortable truth?

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.

Is the policy of free school meals missing the point?

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.