Category Archives: Families

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.


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


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


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


Improving care for older people – together

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“The recently published special issue of the Journal of Integrated Care features articles from practitioners involved in the collaborative PROP – Practitioner-research: Older people project. In this blog, Catherine-Rose Stocks-Rankin celebrates the aims and outcomes of practitioner-research.”   Read in full at CRFR Blog


What future for childcare?

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“One of the questions not raised in the Referendum debate on the 5th of August was what the result might mean for childcare. Professor Bronwen Cohen asks what future for childcare beyond the referendum.”   Read in full at  Scotland’s Referendum: Informing the Debate.


Hunger Matters

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“Jessie Gunson (Flinders University, South Australia) kindly gave a CRFR informal seminar during her recent visit to Scotland. In this blog, Jessie and colleagues Megan Warin and Vivienne Moore (University of Adelaide, South Australia) recount the seminar and give us some insight into their recent research.”   Read in full on CRFR Blog.


Self-harm and the media – unpicking the ‘rise’ in self-harm among young people

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Dr. Amy Chandler responds to recent media coverage of youth self-harm statistics and both the problematic use of statistics and images in this reporting which reflect wider misunderstandings of self-harm. She argues greater effort must be put into understanding the multiple subjective definitions of self-harm and the factors which cause it.   Read in full   …Continue Reading


Can babies be homeless?

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“Wendy Bunston from La Troube University in Australia kindly presented a seminar based on her PhD research during a recent visit to CRFR. Using infant observation and interviews with mothers and staff, Wendy is exploring what happens to the baby when they first enter refuge after fleeing family violence.”   Read in full at CRFR   …Continue Reading


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