family support

Study detailing the philosophy and practice of a residential unit, underlining the importance of relationships, teamwork and a clearly articulated philosophy of care and highlighting the way the unit integrates with foster, education and therapeutic services.

This reports on a project to understand "what works" in parenting support, beyond the English language international evidence. English language literature was reviewed in 'What works in Parenting Support, (Moran, Ghate and van der Merwe 2004). This project focused on Denmark, France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands and aimed to: consider what works in parenting support; describe processes, models of delivery and underlying philosophies of provision; identify key messages to inform policy and practice in England.

Report of a research project which studied the development of character capabilities contributing to life chances and the factors influencing their development. It concludes that the early years are the critical years in this regard and that parents are, consequently, the principal character builders in society.

Report of a study conducted to investigate how effective children's centres are in reaching the most highly disadvantaged families, the ways in which they meet these families needs and the outcomes achieved.

Scottish Government guidance developed to support professionals in identifying, assessing and providing appropriate support for children who may have been victims of trafficking.

Report identifying ten examples of crime reduction and prevention programmes which have proved effective and cost-effective in countries outwith the UK. These programmes address a combination of risk factors at each stage of a child's development and the report recommends similar programmes should be developed in the UK.

Report that consolidates the key messages from fathers of children with disabilities, and re-contextualises them in a 21st century agenda for development. The platform provided by this report is a sound basis from which professionals and services can re-orientate their practice and service delivery to ensure that fathers are heard, and listened to, their needs embraced and their contribution valued.

Briefing paper focusing on the effectiveness of interventions in complex child protection cases. Effectiveness here is defined as the prevention of further maltreatment or significant impairment to the child's development.