child development

Growing up in Scotland study: exploring the experience and outcomes for advantaged and disadvantaged families

This report uses data from the Growing up in Scotland (GUS) study to explore the contribution of specific measures of advantage and disadvantage in relation to a number of specific health related behaviours for parent and child and, in doing so, seeks to identify the characteristics of more vulnerable and more resilient families. Findings are based on the first sweep of GUS, which involved interviews with the main carers of 5,217 children aged 0-1 years old and 2,859 children aged 2-3 years old, carried out between April 2005 and March 2006.

Pragmatic development

Paper reviewing research on the pragmatic, or social, aspects of language development in children and young people with Down syndrome. Next steps for research are also identified.

A Best Practice Guide to Partnering with Resource Families

In the fall of 2007, the North Carolina Division of Social Services launched a resource parent recruitment and retention project based on the strategies recommended by best practice and research.

This project concentrates on the application of broad but concrete steps that individual agencies can take to meet their specific needs, and it builds on the success of the North Carolina’s Multiple Response System and reinforces the strengths of our state’s child welfare system.

Healthy weight, healthy lives : guidance for local areas

UK Government guidance providing advice on how local partnerships can develop obesity plans, including understanding the scale of the problem in their communities, setting local objectives, choosing interventions where and when required and making sure progress is monitored and evaluated.

Healthy weight, healthy lives : a toolkit for developing local strategies

Toolkit designed to assist those working at local level to plan, coordinate and implement strategies to prevent and manage overweight and obesity. It concentrates primarily on multi-sector partnership approaches.

Healthy weight, healthy lives : a cross-government strategy for England

Document setting out the UK Government's strategy for helping individuals to maintain a healthy weight and outlining the roles various agencies such as schools and health services can play in helping to achieve this goal.

Parents as partners in early learning : case studies : building effective partnerships - the Letters and Sounds project, Kirklees

Document describing a project with the goals of developing practitioners' skills in engaging with parents and forging stronger links between children's learning in early years settings and in the home environment. Methods used to achieve these aims included workshop-picnics promoting the principles of the Letters and Sounds approach.

Healthy weight, healthy lives : consumer insight summary

Report summarising the results of research conducted for the Department of Health into families' attitudes and behaviours towards diet and activity. This research aimed to enable work to promote healthy weight in children and families to be more effectively targeted and delivered.

GIRFEC: Childhood, Citizenship and Children's Services - Fit for the Future

This podcast is taken from the 'GIRFEC: Childhood, Citizenship and Children's Services' Conference held in Glasgow on the 24-26 September. Session 5 - Changing Children's Services. Netta Maciver, Principal Reporter, Scottish Children's Reporter Administration talks about care system for children in Scotland.

Mark making matters : young children making meaning in all areas of learning and development

Booklet arguing that very young children who are provided with opportunities to explore making marks within an encouraging emotional environment will become confident and competent communicators, both orally and on paper, in all areas of learning and development.