social exclusion

The definition of disability

This web page by Deborah Kaplan, Director of the World Institute on Disability, discusses different ways of defining 'disability' and looks at the complex ways that persons with disabilities perceive themselves and their changing status in society. For models for defining disability are discussed in detail: the moral, medical, rehabilitation, and disability models. References and web links are given.

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.

Suitable, sustainable, supported: a strategy to ensure provision of accommodation for children and young people who offend

Providing suitable and sustainable accommodation for children and young people who have offended or are at risk of offending is critical to both social inclusion and reducing re-offending. This strategy aims to develop work with national, regional and local partners to prevent homelessness among young people who have offended or who are at risk of offending, and to increase their access to suitable and sustainable accommodation.

Credit Unions in Scotland : second report of session 2008-09

Report of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee looking at Credit Unions in Scotland. In particular, it looks at the future for Credit Unions in Scotland and the questions of financial exclusion and financial literacy and affordable lending, credit and debt.

Mind guide to advocacy

Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales and has produced information on many areas of mental health. This factsheet defines advocacy and discusses the different kinds of advocacy, who advocacy is for and the situations where it could be applied. Also included is a list of useful organisations and further reading.

Living with social evils - the voices of unheard groups

Paper dealing with the social evils of UK society as experienced by people whose voices are not usually heard. Workshops/discussion groups with lone parents, ex-offenders, unemployed and other vulnerable and socially excluded people were used to explore personal experiences of living and coping with social evils. Ideas for overcoming them suggest a combined individual and collective responsibility to take forward social change.

The impact of Sure Start Local Programmes on three year olds and their families

Report of a study which evaluated the effectiveness of Sure Start Local Programmes, an initiative aimed at enhancing the life chances of young children and their families by improving services in areas of high deprivation.

Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion

The Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion is an independent, not for profit organisation dedicated to promoting social justice, social inclusion and tackling disadvantage. They work with the public sector, voluntary organisations, business and trade unions. They develop policy and strategy in a variety of fields and work closely with the Government to implement ideas. They also work with people delivering policy on the ground. This broad range of contacts lends a unique perspective to their work.

Child Poverty Review, July 2004

This document presents the findings of the "review, to examine the welfare reform and public services changes necessary to advance towards the Government's long-term goal of halving and eradicating child poverty." "The review includes both medium-term plans emerging from the 2004 Spending Review, and an assessment of the longer-term direction which policy needs to take in order to meet the Government's new child poverty target set out in the Spending Review."

Young people and territoriality in British cities

Report exploring the symptoms and effects of territorial behaviour among young people in disadvantaged areas of British cities and looking at the public policy implications of this issue.