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Reaching the hardest to reach

Report exploring the lives and views of disadvantaged 14-25 year olds in the UK with a view to better understanding young people's needs and perceptions of the services provided to combat social exclusion so that gaps in the provision of services to young people at a local level can be identified.

Poverty pathways: ethnic minority women's livelihoods

Ethnic minority women are amongst the poorest and most socially excluded people in the UK. Yet very little is known about their lives, or how to lift them out of poverty. The report outlines 7 key policy traps and the steps needed to get things right. It looks at household dynamics, moving beyond paid employment as a panacea for poverty, and how women’s lives change over their lifetimes. It shows how ethnic minority women need to be brought back into the policy picture if their poverty is to ever be addressed.

Introduction to the European institutions and the European Union policy making processes of relevance to older people (2nd edition)

Document intended to introduce organisations representing older people to the European institutions and to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the main EU level political and legislative processes.

Childhood mental health and life chances in post-war Britain : insights from three national birth cohort studies : executive summary

Report summarising the main findings of a research project which analysed the long-term consequences of mental health problems which arise in childhood and adolescence using longitudinal data.

Life after care : report for Children and Young People Now magazine and the Care Leavers' Foundation

Report of a study which aimed to explore the transition from care experienced by young people with a view to identifying any differences in the experiences of recent care leavers when compared to older leavers and pinpointing key factors in the transition which impact on life after care.

Poverty and inequalities in Scotland : ten years of devolution : conference report

Paper reporting on the proceedings of a conference on the impact ten years of devolution has had on the problems of poverty and inequality in Scotland. The report records the views of the main speakers and contains the recommendations coming out of the conference.

Making recovery a reality

Paper describing some of the key ideas around recovery from mental health problems and looking at their implications for the delivery of mental health services. It aims to stimulate debate about how the recovery approach can be put into practice and what services need to do to make it happen.

Evaluation of the working for families fund (2004-2008)

This report summarises the findings of the Final Evaluation of the Working for Families Fund (WFF). WFF, which operated from 2004-08, invested in initiatives to remove childcare barriers and improve the employability of disadvantaged parents who have barriers to participating in the labour market, specifically to help them move towards, into, or continue in employment, education or training. The programme was administered by 20 local authorities (which covered 79% of Scotland’s population), operating through around 226 locally based public, private and third-sector projects.

The annual report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills 2008/09

Report presenting the findings from annual inspections of childcare, children's social care, local authority services for children, schools, colleges, initial teacher education, adult learning, provision for young people in secure accommodation and the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in England.

Delivering job retention services : a knowledge and skills set for employment advisory services located in primary care settings

Document specifying the skills and knowledge needed by workers filling job retention roles. It is aimed at anyone commissioning, providing and recruiting staff for employment retention services.