families

Family & child development

This website, a collaboration between the Open University and the BBC, looks at family and child development. As parents can testify, children grow at a startling pace. Their development is a complex and intriguing subject. How do children grasp right from wrong? How do they perceive men and women? What do siblings add to the mix?

Sure Start children's centres : survey of parents

Report detailing the findings of a survey of potential users of children's centres in 120 areas throughout England with a view to quantifying the reach (i.e. awareness and usage) of children's centres among the target population, i.e. parents and carers of children under five years and expectant new parents.

A new system of child maintenance

Report on a new body to replace the existing Child Support Agency and make a clean break with the past.

Guidance on the use of Family Intervention Tenancies

UK Government guidelines intended for use by social landlords when employing Family Intervention Tenancies and outlining what social landlords and other agencies involved in giving support to households involved in anti-social behaviour should consider when contemplating using Family Intervention Tenancies.

Britain's poorest children revisited : evidence from the British Household Panel Survey 1994-2002

Britain’s Poorest Children Revisited focuses on the experience of severe and persistent child poverty in the UK during the period 1994- 2002. The report begins by examining trends in childhood experience of severe and non-severe poverty between 1994 and 2002, with particular reference to changes after 1997, when new policies were introduced to address the problem of child poverty in the UK.

Getting it right for children and families: maximising the contribution of the health visiting team

Guide that reports on the first phase of the Action on Health Visiting programme and sets out the next steps for the future. It is intended as a handbook for health visitors and their teams, provider managers, commissioners, educationalists and everyone who has an interest in providing a public health programme for children and families.

When a baby has Down's Syndrome

This resource produced by Down's Syndrome Scotland, provides information for new parents about babies with Down's Syndrome and includes information on the baby's development, ways to support good health, future pregnancies as well as looking to the future and living with Down's Syndrome.

Families in Britain: an evidence paper

Analytical discussion paper providing a framework for understanding the family, pinpoint how it has changed and, taking into account the evidence, stating the principles guiding the UK Government's family policy.

Poverty and social exclusion amongst children and families in the UK: facts and figures

Understanding the various meanings of poverty is a very complicated task, but this learning object is designed to help you see beyond technical definitions and to understand the way poverty changes people's lives and the way they are seen by other people. This learning object will help develop your understanding of the ways poverty and social exclusion impact the lives of children and families in the U.K and describes some of the support services and networks that can help families living in poverty. This learning object is interactive and also contains video.

A constitution for social care : accompanying report

Report arguing that the social care system in England suffers from a number of flaws such as lack of clarity, complexity and unfairness. It puts forward the idea of a constitution for social care which would ensure a system based on a clear set of principles setting out exactly what users can expect from the system and what they might contribute in return.