communities

The research investigates factors that either enhanced or undermined community cohesion in two local wards in Bradford, where there were established Muslim communities and where Muslim migrants had recently arrived.

This report examines the role of women and faith in building cohesive communities and provides models for developing and evaluating social cohesion activity. It uses a participatory approach with women from diverse backgrounds in Bradford, to examine the role of women and faith in building cohesive communities. The term 'community cohesion' is increasingly used in UK policy, which emphasises strengthening civic society through local action.

An interactive research project with residents of two traditionally white estates in Bradford, this study explores their perceptions of community and attitudes towards participation, both on the estates and with external agencies. It explores why, given the partial achievements and commitment to improving the lives of some of the most excluded social groups in the UK, government has been unable to generate self-sustaining improvements in these kinds of settings.

Fergus McNeill discusses a literature review of the management of change within community justice organisations, conducted with Ros Burnett and Tricia McCulloch. The review explored: the nature and character of occupational, professional and organisational cultures in community justice; how such cultures respond to, accommodate and resist change processes; how and why processes of change succeed and fail in criminal justice organisations; and effective approaches to the management of change in criminal justice.

This report draws on some of the emerging findings from an ongoing research programme seeking to examine the interaction between ‘poverty’ and ‘place’ in six relatively deprived neighbourhoods across Britain. Much of the published research and analysis on the economic downturn has focused on its macro-economic impact, in terms of the consequences at the national level on borrowing, public expenditure interest rates, investment and employment levels.

This report surveys the history of ‘community and mutual ownership’ and considers the implications for policy and practice in this area. Policy-makers have identified that community and mutual ownership can make a significant contribution to the economy, welfare and society more generally. A historical analysis of social change can inform contemporary understanding, policy and practice.

Children’s Centres have the potential to give children the best start in life. Already, many Children’s Centres are making a difference to the lives of children and families across England.

Website resource that aims to support professionals and agencies working in child protection by developing communities of expertise and sharing practice knowledge across Scotland. Initially funded by Scottish Government, it aims to facilitate access to child care and protection expertise to help agencies deal with issues of neglect and abuse.

Agencies, councils or organisations can approach the MARS for help with specific cases or situations where a child death has occurred or there is concern about possible or substantiated injury or abuse.

Talk by Alan Urquhart, Community Capacity Building Manager with Perth and Kinross Council, which was delivered at Personalisation and Community Capacity, a joint seminar and workshop by the Perth and Kinross Council and University of Stirling Partnership. It was held at the University of Stirling on 4 December 2009.