social exclusion

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.

This is the sixth edition of Factfile Scotland, the unique annual collection of key facts and information focusing on Scotland’s children and young people, produced by NCH Scotland. NCH Scotland’s aim in producing Factfile Scotland is to provide a publication that government, local authorities, academics, the voluntary sector and other agencies will all find equally useful as a source for key facts about children, families and young people in Scotland.

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.

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.

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.

This podcast is taken from the 'Forgotton Citizens' Conference held in Glasgow on the 17th June 2008 and features David Kinloch's experiences of being in a long-stay hospital and how this affected his life.

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."

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.

This wide-ranging review of the literature, by Lucinda Platt at the University of Essex, summarises the findings of poverty and ethnicity research since 1991. It describes differences in poverty rates and experiences by ethnic group.

This resource suggests that there has been relatively little research about the distinctive challenges of bringing up children in disadvantaged areas, nor of children’s perspectives on identifying and managing threats. In particular, it highlights that little is known about how parents and children promote their children’s well-being and safeguard them from day-to-day risks.