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Child maintenance redesign

Section of the DWP's website containing details of Sir David Henshaw's report on redesigning child maintenance, the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill 2007 and the Government's 2006 White Paper, "A new system of child maintenance".

Safeguarding Children In Scotland Who May Have Been Trafficked

Scottish Government guidance developed to support professionals in identifying, assessing and providing appropriate support for children who may have been victims of trafficking.

Bastardy and baby farming in Victorian England

Paper describing and discussing the practice of "baby farming" in Victorian England and the impact this practice had on women, children and society in general.

Child poverty in Scotland: taking the next steps

Child poverty has fallen in Scotland, but evidence from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation suggests that the current rate of progress will not achieve the 2020 target to eradicate child poverty. Some policy measures required to reduce child poverty (such as benefit increases) are not devolved powers, but the Scottish Government could do more to remove barriers to employment, sustain people in work and tackle low pay. This study discusses progress made in Scotland to end child poverty, and suggests what the Scottish Government needs to do to reach the 2020 target.

Parenting leaflets

A series of parenting leaflets on topics such as preparing for a new birth, dealing with stress, comforting a crying baby, and managing difficult behaviour without smacking.

Noticing and Helping the Neglected Child - Literature Review

This study is one of a series of projects, jointly commissioned by the DCSF and the Department of Health, to improve the evidence base on recognition, effective intervention and inter-agency working in child abuse and focuses on recognition of neglect. This literature review aimed to provide a synthesis of the existing empirical evidence about the ways in which children and families signal their need for help, how those signals are recognised and responded to and whether response could be swifter.

What are the barriers that children and young people face when they are seeking help?

Factsheet that explains why children and young people may want to seek help and what prevents them from asking for it. It offers advice to organisations on how to encourage children to ask for help and support.

Growing up in Scotland - sweep 2 - topic research findings: experiences of pre-school education

This report summarises findings from sweep 2 of the Growing Up in Scotland study (GUS), a longitudinal research project aimed at tracking the lives of a cohort of Scottish children.

It is focussed on children’s experiences of pre-school education. This document is one of a series that summarise key findings from the second sweep of the survey which was launched in April 2006. At the second sweep, interviews were successfully completed with 4,512 respondents from the birth cohort and 2,500 from the child cohort.

Exploring disability, family formation and break-up: reviewing the evidence

The research was carried out by Stephen McKay and Harriet Clarke at the University of Birmingham on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Office for Disability Issues (ODI). The report provides evidence on the effect that being a disabled adult, or having a disabled child, has on rates of family break-up, on repartnering or having children.

A guide to implementing 'Getting it Right for Every Child': messages from pathfinders and learning partners

Implementation guide that shows what needs to be done by people at every level across all agencies and sectors to bring about the changes that are necessary to implement 'Getting it Right for Every Child'.

It identifies essential culture, systems and practice changes and sets out what different people in organisations need to do to progress this agenda successfully. I