parent-child relations

Parenting style influences child development and social mobility

A growing body of research suggests that good parenting skills and a supportive home learning environment are positively associated with children’s early achievements and wellbeing. Hence interventions to improve the quality of home and family life can increase social mobility.

This briefing looks at how parenting styles affects child development and social mobility.

Growing up in Scotland (GUS) study: research findings and publications

Full list of Growing up in Scotland reports, summaries and briefings, as well as journal articles, presentations and newsletters.

What the millennium cohort study can tell us about the challenges new parents face: statistics for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Report that provides an overview of statistics, from the MCS and other, comparable, data sources, about the attitudes, experiences and challenges faced by new parents in each of the four countries of the UK.

Costs and longer-term savings of parenting programmes for the prevention of persistent conduct disorder: a modelling study

Conduct disorders are the most common psychiatric disorders in children and may persist into adulthood in about 50% of cases. The costs to society are high and impact many public sector agencies.

Parenting programmes have been shown to positively affect child behaviour, but little is known about their potential long-term cost-effectiveness.

This report estimates the costs of and longer-term savings from evidence-based parenting programmes for the prevention of persistent conduct disorder.

The parent trap: illustrating the growing cost of childcare

Report that examines how typical childcare costs and the public support available to pay for them have evolved since 2006-07. It then looks at the level of public financial support available by 2015-16, on current plans, and combines that with the likely path of childcare costs to that date.

When family life hurts: family experience of aggression in children

An update to Family Lives' October 2010 report, exploring an issue that has been a growing trend on helpline over the past few years: family’s experience of aggression in children. This report seeks once again to highlight this under-reported issue, adding new statistics.

eLearning: parental substance misuse

Resource that provides audio, video and interactive technology to assist in exploring parental substance misuse, its effects on children and parenting capacity and the implications for social work practitioners.

Effective relationships with vulnerable parents to improve outcomes for children and young people: final study report

York Consulting was commissioned by Action for Children to undertake research to articulate how Action for Children professionals develop effective relationships with vulnerable parents and how this makes a difference for children and young people. The focus of the research was to develop a skills framework that would define the key aspects of effective professional relationships and the competencies required to achieve them.

Tough love, not get tough: responsive approaches to improving behaviour in schools

Briefing that shows that schools which succeed in engaging children and improving behaviour for the long term respond to their pupils’ needs by offering an authoritative approach to discipline which addresses the underlying causes of bad behaviour, which often lie in problems at home.

SCIE report 44: think child, think parent, think family - interim evaluation report

Interim report that evaluates the first year of implementation and aims to: capture learning about how to implement the 'Think child, think parent, think family' guide; and evaluate early indications of the impact of implementing the guidance in a local area.