parental responsibility

Father figures: how absent fathers on welfare could pay meaningful child support

Report that examines the state of play as regards absent fathers and offers eight policy recommendations to strengthen parental responsibility.

Think child, think parent, think family: final evaluation report [SCIE report 56]

In July 2009, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) published a guide entitled Think child, think parent, think family: a guide to parental mental health and child welfare to help services improve their response to parents with mental health problems and their families. This document and its overall ethos are here referred to as ‘think family’. This is the final evaluation report of the project, documenting the progress made by the sites involved, and making recommendations for future activity.

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.

Children's needs - parenting capacity

Second edition of book that provides an update on the impact of parental problems, such as substance misuse, domestic violence, learning disability and mental illness, on children’s welfare.

Research, and in particular the biennial overview reports of serious case reviews (Brandon et al 2008; 2009; 2010), have continued to emphasise the importance of understanding and acting on concerns about children’s safety and welfare when living in households where these types of parental problems are present.

Parenting matters: early years and social mobility

Paper that argues strongly that the government is correct to take the bold step of embracing the firm evidence on child development in seeking to create a strategy that "sets out plans to support a culture where the key aspects of good parenting are widely understood and where all parents can benefit from advice and support...what is needed is a much wider culture change towards recognising the importance of parenting, and how society can support mothers and fathers to give their children the best start in life".

Firm foundations: shared care in separated families - building on what works

Report that sets out Gingerbread’s and One Plus One’s understanding of shared care in post-separation families. It examines the impact on children of shared care arrangements, factors that enable it to work successfully and the policy levers that could help encourage shared care.

Developing family leadership: a discussion paper on personalised transition from the Centre for Welfare Reform

Paper that explores family leadership, and highlights some key steps to encourage its growth and outlines some of the practical ways in which progress towards family leadership is being made across the region.

You are not on your own: a booklet to help children and adults talk about a parent's drinking

Booklet to help a child and trusted adult to talk together about what is happening in their life. It is written for children, but at the end of each section is a part written for adults.

It is for children who live in all sorts of families - those living with relatives, children in care, those who have a parent in prison, or worried about a parent or carer drinking too much.

Dealing with the bullies: can parents prevent bullying behaviour?

A report that examines the subject of bullying and whether parents can prevent bullying behaviour. Examples of case studies are also documented.