research report

Child development in the first three sweeps of the Millennium Cohort Study

Research looking into differences in early child development by examining the factors associated with the cognitive and behavioural ability of children up to age 5 in the Millennium Cohort Study.

Families in Britain : the impact of changing family structures and what the public think

Report tracing the changing nature of the family and what that means for parents, children and society with a view to stimulating debate on family policy. It explores the changing face of families in Britain and the impact of these changes on society, public opinion and the role of government. It also highlights the opportunities for policymakers created by the changing demographic, social and attitudinal terrain.

Supporting asylum seeker and refugee children

Report of a study focusing on the support available to asylum seeker and refugee children and their families and how effectively this support meets the educational, social and cultural needs of asylum seeker and refugee pupils in school.

Measurement of the extent of youth crime in Scotland

This report provides estimates of the number of crimes committed by young people in Scotland. It also provides an overview of the conceptual and practical issues involved in estimating the prevalence of youth crime, anti-social behaviour perpetrated by young people, and the fear of youth crime.

Transitions to adult services by disabled young people leaving out authority residential schools

This is a report on a study that sought to identify: differences in planning for disabled young people in residential schools outside local authority boundaries compared to young people attending their local special schools; the factors which impact on transition planning and transition outcomes for these young people; key areas for future research and the feasibility of such work.

Widening the safety net : learning the lessons of insurance with-rent schemes

Report looking at the issue of access to insurance for socially-excluded groups. Using research, it makes recommendations for extending access to insurance, especially contents insurance, and seeks to stimulate greater public debate about this issue.

Sweet 16? The Age of Leaving Care in Scotland

This report by Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People examines the law, policy and practice on the age of leaving care for young people in Scotland, and includes a number of specific recommendations that aim to encourage strong action to change the culture that assumes 16 as the age for leaving care.

Reducing drug users' risk of overdose

Report of a research project which aimed to look at ways of reducing drug users' risk of overdose and recommend interventions to bring down the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland.

Take up the challenge: the role of local services in increasing take up of benefits and tax credits to reduce child poverty

Ministers asked the Take Up Taskforce to develop ways to help local services to support parents to access all their relevant benefit entitlements, in order to help tackle child poverty.

Many poor families are not taking up all of the financial support to which they are entitled and there are particularly low rates of take up by families where at least one parent is working. Lack of awareness of available in-work financial entitlements can present a barrier to parents entering and sustaining work.

National standards for Scotland's youth justice services

This report by the Improving the Effectiveness of the Youth Justice System Working Group describes the characteristics of effective local management of youth justice services and outlines a set of standards to improve delivery.

The group was asked to develop a strategic framework of national objectives and standards for Scotland’s Youth Justice services, to help achieve the national target of reducing the number of persistent offenders by 10% by 2006.