family support

Building character

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.

Children's centres: ensuring that families most in need benefit

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.

What forms of support are effective for family carers of people with dementia? (Outline 12)

Paper looking in some detail at the evidence for psychosocial support as an effective method of support for family carers caring for a family member with dementia.

Safeguarding Children In Scotland Who May Have Been Trafficked

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

Recognising fathers: understanding the issues faced by fathers of children with a learning disability

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.

Less crime, lower costs : implementing effective early crime reduction programmes in England and Wales

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.

Effective interventions for complex families where there are concerns about, or evidence of, a child suffering significant harm (Safeguarding: briefing 1)

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.

New opportunities : fair chances for the future

UK Government white paper containing a range of proposed policies and initiatives to tackle and remove specific barriers to people being able to fulfill their potential.

Breaking the cycle: believe in children

Barnardo's report featuring seven case studies illustrating how services it provides can prevent children from becoming troublesome, or protect them from anti-social or criminal behaviour.

Commissioning services for children, young people and families : a study of the dynamics in six local authority areas (Research report no. DCSF-RR133)

Report of a research project in which 'audience insight' research with practitioners of children’s commissioning was carried out to establish an evidence base for the design, planning and delivery of a Commissioning Support Programme. Six local authority areas were used as case studies to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of commissioning, particularly those pertaining to leadership, partnership and locality working.