Yearly Archives: 2014

Routes out of poverty: education and social mobility

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Education and social mobility can alleviate child poverty, but not in the way the government supposes, i.e. by improving future educational outcomes of poor children in order that they do not become poor adults. Rather, child poverty in the here and now can be alleviated if we allow low-income parents free access to further and   …Continue Reading


Developing an evidence service for the children and families workforce

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Karen Seditas shares learning from the Evidence Request Bank – a one year pilot development project which aimed to open up the evidence base for delivering public and third sector services to children and families in Scotland. Read in full via the CRFR Blog.


The poor and their health needs: hard-to-reach, still?

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In early September, I attended a three-day Zimbabwe all stakeholder conference on health in Victoria Falls, as part of the ‘innovative spending in health’ project. This event revealed, among other challenges, that just over 10% of Zimbabwe’s 15 million population has medical aid cover. This means that the majority of the country’s urban and rural   …Continue Reading


Teenage parents: moral problem, social problem or no problem at all?

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Dr Sally Brown from Durham University recently visited CRFR to present a seminar on her qualitative research with teenage mothers and mothers-to-be. She recounts her findings in this blog. Read in full via CRFR Blog


Women in Scottish Politics: Travelling the Distance

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The announcement last week of Nicola Sturgeon’s leadership bid to replace Alex Salmond heralds an important turning point in Scottish politics: for the first time ever, three of the main Scottish parties will be led by women, and Scotland will have a female first minister. It also comes on the heels of a two-year long   …Continue Reading


NHS Scotland: After the Referendum

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“With the referendum over, Scotland’s political leaders have a range of public services to run, even if the electorate have denied them a country. About a third of their budget goes on health, and most of that on the NHS. According to a confidential government document, leaked in the final few days before the poll,   …Continue Reading


What does transformative participation mean for children and young people?

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“Children and young people’s participation in decision-making is increasingly promoted in countries across the world and internationally. Yet such participation continues to face remarkably similar challenges across contexts and countries: challenges such as tokenistic involvement, lack of impact, short-term and unsustainable activities, and concerns about who is included and excluded in such activities. How can   …Continue Reading


Lessons of the Rotherham report

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“What can Scotland learn from Rotherham? Sarah Nelson draws very clear conclusions from the Rotherham report – in what it tells us about the  attitudes held by authority figures towards vulnerable young people and why guidance to identify victims of child sexual abuse has been ignored.”   Read in full at CRFR Blog


Presenting Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives

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“Rowman & Littlefield International have launched a new series – Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives – which seeks to publish cutting-edge work on gender and political institutions. Edited by Fiona Mackay, Elin Bjarnegard and Meryl Kenny – and launched in partnership with the Feminism and Institutionalism International Network (FIIN) – this series represents the ‘next stage’ of development of   …Continue Reading


Understanding K* and what it means for knowledge exchange in Scotland

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“The CRFR KE reading group focus in August 2014 was to explore ideas of knowledge exchange through reading Expanding our understanding of K* – a concept paper emerging from the K* conference held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, April 2012, that CRFR Co-Director Sarah Morton had attended. We wanted to explore how K* concepts relate to   …Continue Reading


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