research methods

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.

Document giving details of a UK Government plan for the development of additional research into and surveillance of obesity, overweight and their determinants in England.

This report presents the findings of the day’s discussions, highlighting the main themes and actions proposed by participants. At several points in the day participants were asked to think of new or different ways that services could be delivered. These ideas are deliberately represented as ‘blue sky’ thinking and are not intended to indicate exact or concrete changes to services, but to provide stimulus for thought on new directions for service delivery.

Paper summarising the evidence for the importance of play in the lives of children and arguing that public policy has tended to undervalue the importance of play in the development of children.

This research examines the labour market performance of Britain’s ethnic minorities. In particular, it emphasises the diversity of their experience and the dynamic change in the relative positions of ethnic groups between 1991 and 2001. While some groups have improved their labour market position relative to white people, substantial disadvantage remains, both in access to jobs and in earnings once in employment.

Literature review providing a synthesis of the existing empirical evidence about the ways in which children and families signal their need for help, how these signals are recognised and responded to and asking whether response could be quicker.

Report scrutinising Running - Other Choices, a service assisting children and young people who have run away, or been forced to leave home, and looking in particular at the development and operation of a residential refuge as part of this service.

Report of a study investigating the problem of young people under 16 who run away or are forced to leave home. The methodology is described and conclusions discussed.

Website of Action on Addiction, a charity which works to reduce the problem of addiction through providing research, treatment, family support, education and training.

This feasibility study sought to examine how best to conceptualise and evaluate how decision-making in children’s lives takes due account of their views, with particular attention to processes related to Part I of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and the implications for compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).