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201301 Jan 2013

Developing pathways into children and family services for mothers involved in the criminal justice system

by Owen Gill

Type: Policy and research documents

This briefing report has been developed to support links and partnership working between professionals in the criminal justice system and in children and family services.
More info
Free
201000 2010

She just cries and cries: Case studies of Devon families with a father in prison

by Owen Gill

Type: Policy and research documents

This report has been produced to raise awareness of the emotional and practical impact that the imprisonment of a father has on his children and family.
More info
Free
200500 2005

Evaluation of Wiltshire school start service - work in progress

by Rachel Dowling

An evaluation of the programme of work carried out at home, pre-school and in school settings with children and their families.
More info
Free
201112 Dec 2011

A vicious cycle

by Ivan Mathers and Neera Sharma

A vicious cycle shows how problem debt can have a persistent and invasive impact on the lives of families struggling to live on low incomes.
More info
Free
200000 2000

Counting the cost of child poverty

by Mike Hughes, Anna Downie and Neera Sharma

Type: Policy and research documents

Using balance sheets and graphs, 'Counting the cost of child poverty' calculates the human, social and economic costs of poverty.
Buy More info
£2.50
200900 2009

Every Night You Cry: Case studies of 15 Bristol families with a father in prison

by Owen Gill

This report has been produced to raise awareness of the emotional and practical impact that the imprisonment of a father has on his children and family.
More info
Free
201402 Feb 2014

Someone to Care Experiences of leaving care

by by Barnardo's

"Someone to Care" is based on face to face research with 62 care leavers and contrasts their emotional circumstances with the expectations we have for our own children.
More info
Free
201606 Jun 2016

The Case for Early Support

Ahead of the 2015 general election, Barnardo's linked with four other children's charities to lead the "A Stitch in Time Campaign," highlighting the importance of prevention and early intervention in public services.
More info
Free
200900 2009

Improving opportunities and outcomes for parents with mental health needs and their children

by Rebecca Fowler, Barbara Robinson and Sara Scott

This report, produced by Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit and DMSS Research and Consultancy, analyses the work of the Action 16 outcomes partnership 2005-2008, which aimed to find ways of improving opportunities and outcomes for parents with mental health needs and their children.
More info
Free
200900 2009

Supporting Prisoners' Families

by Naomi Clewett and Jane Glover

Supporting Prisoners' Families outlines Barnardo's work with children and families of prisoners across the UK.
More info
Free
201104 Apr 2011

Reaching families in need: Learning from practice in Barnardo's Children's Centres

by Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit

Type: Tools for professionals

This briefing highlights good practice enabling Sure Start Children's Centres to extend their reach to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families.
More info
Free
 

Feedback from young people on the SEU recommendations for young runaways - Report for the Social Exclusion Unit

by Claire Turner and Samantha Jagusz

Type: Policy and research documents

Keen to make recommendations that would really make a difference to runaways, the SEU commissioned Barnardo's to carry out a consultation with young people themselves. Find out what they said.
More info
Free
201102 Feb 2011

No Fixed Abode: the accommodation struggle for young people leaving custody in England

by Jane Glover and Naomi Clewett

This report shows that children as young as 13 are being released from custody into unsuitable and unsafe housing, leaving them vulnerable to reoffending at huge cost to themselves, society and the Exchequer.
More info
Free
200600 2006

Domestic abuse in Northern Somerset: a scoping exercise

by Karen McInnes and Tony Newman

This research, carried out by Barnardo¿s Southwest in 2006 on behalf of North Somerset Crime and Drugs Partnership, scopes services for families experiencing domestic violence.
More info
Free
200800 2008

Family Minded: supporting children in families affected by mental illness

by Jane Evans and Rebecca Fowler

What is it like to be a child with a parent who is mentally ill - and how does Barnardo's make a difference? This report looks at the issues involved and recommends changes to the help families are given.
More info
Free
 

Keeping the family in mind

This report explores the lives and needs of children and young people who care for parents with mental health problems.
More info
Free
201301 Jan 2013

Developing pathways into children and family services for mothers involved in the criminal justice system

by Owen Gill

This briefing report has been developed to support links and partnership working between professionals in the criminal justice system and in children and family services.
More info
Free
 

'What works for children' initiative

Type: Tools for professionals

City and York universities, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, have been working with Barnardo's to explore how research can be applied to childcare practice.
More info
Free
201210 Oct 2012

Family support for children and families affected by imprisonment: A handbook for Families First services in Wales

by Barnardo's

This handbook is designed to be an accessible aid to practice for busy staff and their managers as they strive to develop their reach to the children and families of prisioners.
More info
Free
200900 2009

Below the breadline: A year in the life of families in poverty

by Julie Harris, Morag Treanor and Neera Sharma

'Below the Breadline' is Barnardo's pioneering research project into the experiences and events that shape the lives of families living in poverty.
More info
Free
201112 Dec 2011

A vicious cycle

by Ivan Mathers and Neera Sharma

A vicious cycle shows how problem debt can have a persistent and invasive impact on the lives of families struggling to live on low incomes.
More info
Free
201204 Apr 2012

Under fives and their families affected by imprisonment: A handbook for Sure Start Children's Centres

by Owen Gill

This handbook is a practical resource to help Sure Start Children's Centres support children and their families affected by imprisonment.
More info
£6.00
200000 2000

Counting the cost of child poverty

by Mike Hughes, Anna Downie and Neera Sharma

Using balance sheets and graphs, 'Counting the cost of child poverty' calculates the human, social and economic costs of poverty.
Buy More info
£2.50
200900 2009

Every Night You Cry: Case studies of 15 Bristol families with a father in prison

by Owen Gill

Type: Policy and research documents

This report has been produced to raise awareness of the emotional and practical impact that the imprisonment of a father has on his children and family.
More info
Free
201402 Feb 2014

Someone to Care Experiences of leaving care

by by Barnardo's

Type: Policy and research documents

"Someone to Care" is based on face to face research with 62 care leavers and contrasts their emotional circumstances with the expectations we have for our own children.
More info
Free
201509 Sep 2015

Unprotected, Overprotected: meeting the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, sexual exploitation

by Anita Franklin, Phil Raws and Emilie Smeaton

This exploratory research study aimed to increase understanding of how to meet the needs of children and young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, child sexual exploitation (CSE).
More info
Free
200900 2009

Counting on Credit

by Tom Stewart

The Counting on credit report asks for stricter scrutiny of the pressure put on people to take out punitively high interest loans.
More info
Free
 

Feedback from young people on the SEU recommendations for young runaways - Report for the Social Exclusion Unit

by Claire Turner and Samantha Jagusz

Keen to make recommendations that would really make a difference to runaways, the SEU commissioned Barnardo's to carry out a consultation with young people themselves. Find out what they said.
More info
Free
201102 Feb 2011

No Fixed Abode: the accommodation struggle for young people leaving custody in England

by Jane Glover and Naomi Clewett

This report shows that children as young as 13 are being released from custody into unsuitable and unsafe housing, leaving them vulnerable to reoffending at huge cost to themselves, society and the Exchequer.
More info
Free
201304 Apr 2013

Children affected by the imprisonment of a family member: A handbook for schools developing good practice

by Owen Gill and Julia Morgan

The handbook is a practical resource to help schools support the children of prisoners. It covers the main research and gives examples of good practice. It provides checklists that schools can use to ensure they are doing everything possible to support this very vulnerable group. It also includes an A3 poster for display which emphasises that the school supports children of prisoners.
More info
Free
201405 May 2014

On the Outside: identifying and supporting children with a parent in prison

Barnardo's knows that children whose childhoods are disrupted for any reason face worse outcomes than children with more stable backgrounds. This is why we work directly with more than 200,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged children every year in 900 services across the UK.
More info
Free
201511 Nov 2015

Bringing Five to Thrive Alive: two approaches to implementing Five to Thrive within Barnardo's

by Bridget Pettitt

Type: Tools for professionals

Five to Thrive, developed by Kate Cairns Associates, is a flexible approach that offers learning for practitioners and parents. It is designed to enhance awareness of the central ingredients for healthy brain development in babies, with five key activities - Respond, Cuddle, Relax, Play, Talk - described as the 'building blocks for a healthy brain.'
More info
Free
200400 2004

What works in building resilience?

by Tony Newman

This book focuses on the assets of children and families, rather than their problems, and moves beyond simply reviewing theoretical research to examining the interventions that actively promote resilience.
Buy More info
£11.99
201000 2010

Making plans: Using Family Group conferencing to reduce the impact of caring on young people

by Naomi Clewett, Martha Slowley and Jane Glover

Type: Tools for professionals

This briefing describes how this short-term method of service delivery can reduce the amount and impact of caring by young people.
More info
Free
200600 2006

Domestic abuse in Northern Somerset: a scoping exercise

by Karen McInnes and Tony Newman

Type: Policy and research documents

This research, carried out by Barnardo¿s Southwest in 2006 on behalf of North Somerset Crime and Drugs Partnership, scopes services for families experiencing domestic violence.
More info
Free
201301 Jan 2013

Developing pathways into children and family services for mothers involved in the criminal justice system

by Owen Gill

This briefing report has been developed to support links and partnership working between professionals in the criminal justice system and in children and family services.
More info
Free
 

'What works for children' initiative

City and York universities, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, have been working with Barnardo's to explore how research can be applied to childcare practice.
More info
Free
201409 Sep 2014

The Way Forward: a report for care leavers

by Natasha Slater

Our new report 'The way forward' shows research that Barnardo's has conducted with young people leaving care that we work with. This report shows what is important to them.
More info
Free
200700 2007

Professional briefing on family mediation in Northern Ireland: research and practice

by Jane Glover

This briefing outlines the findings from an evaluation of Newry Family Resource Centre's mediation service.
More info
Free
201306 Jun 2013

An evaluation of the Keighley Choices Programme

by Home Office and Barnardo's

The Keighley Choices programme targeted the voluntary and community sector to support their involvement in preventing and reducing substance misuse and related offending by vulnerable young people aged 10-19 years. This evaluation examines the extent to which Keighley Choices increased the capacity of local organisations to identify and respond appropriately to children and young people at risk of substance misuse and/or offending.
More info
Free
201204 Apr 2012

Under fives and their families affected by imprisonment: A handbook for Sure Start Children's Centres

by Owen Gill

This handbook is a practical resource to help Sure Start Children's Centres support children and their families affected by imprisonment.
More info
£6.00
200800 2008

Like any other child? Children and families in the asylum process

by John Reacroft

Type: Campaign documents

Like Any Other Child?, highlights the abject poverty, racial harassment and demoralising uncertainty, faced by children and families in the asylum system (Martin Narey, Barnardo's former Chief Executive).
More info
Free
201509 Sep 2015

Unprotected, Overprotected: meeting the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, sexual exploitation

by Anita Franklin, Phil Raws and Emilie Smeaton

This exploratory research study aimed to increase understanding of how to meet the needs of children and young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, child sexual exploitation (CSE).
More info
Free
200700 2007

It doesn't happen here - The reality of child poverty in the uk

by Neera Sharma with a commentary by Donald Hirsch

Type: Campaign documents

The lives of 3.8 million children in the UK - one in three are blighted by poverty. This report is based on interviews with over 40 families with whom Barnardo's works.
More info
Free
200900 2009

Supporting Prisoners' Families

by Naomi Clewett and Jane Glover

Type: Policy and research documents

Supporting Prisoners' Families outlines Barnardo's work with children and families of prisoners across the UK.
More info
Free
201506 Jun 2015

Growing Up: an evaluation of horticultural therapy with young people who have a learning disability

by Victoria Gray Armstrong

This evaluation report brings together the statistical information from the Growing Up project as well as a wealth of qualitative evidence from interviews with trainees, families, staff, volunteers and referral agencies. The analysis of this data offers insights into what service users have found valuable about the Growing Up experience and what is working well to carry forward into the future.
More info
Free
200700 2007

Parents in Hospital: How mental health services can best promote family contact when a parent is in hospital

by Barbara Robinson and Sara Scott

This review of contact arrangements in Mental Health settings investigated the policies, arrangements and facilities that promote contact between parents and children when a parent is in hospital.
More info
Free
 

Feedback from young people on the SEU recommendations for young runaways - Report for the Social Exclusion Unit

by Claire Turner and Samantha Jagusz

Keen to make recommendations that would really make a difference to runaways, the SEU commissioned Barnardo's to carry out a consultation with young people themselves. Find out what they said.
More info
Free
201304 Apr 2013

Children affected by the imprisonment of a family member: A handbook for schools developing good practice

by Owen Gill and Julia Morgan

The handbook is a practical resource to help schools support the children of prisoners. It covers the main research and gives examples of good practice. It provides checklists that schools can use to ensure they are doing everything possible to support this very vulnerable group. It also includes an A3 poster for display which emphasises that the school supports children of prisoners.
More info
Free
201405 May 2014

On the Outside: identifying and supporting children with a parent in prison

Type: Policy and research documents

Barnardo's knows that children whose childhoods are disrupted for any reason face worse outcomes than children with more stable backgrounds. This is why we work directly with more than 200,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged children every year in 900 services across the UK.
More info
Free
201511 Nov 2015

Bringing Five to Thrive Alive: two approaches to implementing Five to Thrive within Barnardo's

by Bridget Pettitt

Five to Thrive, developed by Kate Cairns Associates, is a flexible approach that offers learning for practitioners and parents. It is designed to enhance awareness of the central ingredients for healthy brain development in babies, with five key activities - Respond, Cuddle, Relax, Play, Talk - described as the 'building blocks for a healthy brain.'
More info
Free
200800 2008

Family Minded: supporting children in families affected by mental illness

by Jane Evans and Rebecca Fowler

Type: Policy and research documents

What is it like to be a child with a parent who is mentally ill - and how does Barnardo's make a difference? This report looks at the issues involved and recommends changes to the help families are given.
More info
Free
201409 Sep 2014

The Way Forward: a report for care leavers

by Natasha Slater

Type: Tools for professionals

Our new report 'The way forward' shows research that Barnardo's has conducted with young people leaving care that we work with. This report shows what is important to them.
More info
Free
201000 2010

Every Night You Cry: The realities of having a parent in prison

by Jane Glover

Type: Policy and research documents, Campaign documents

Every Night You Cry reports on the poor outcomes of children with a parent in prison, and highlights findings from an audit of children's plans that too many local authorities are failing to address their needs.
More info
Free
201000 2010

She just cries and cries: Case studies of Devon families with a father in prison

by Owen Gill

This report has been produced to raise awareness of the emotional and practical impact that the imprisonment of a father has on his children and family.
More info
Free
200500 2005

Evaluation of Wiltshire school start service - work in progress

by Rachel Dowling

Type: Policy and research documents

An evaluation of the programme of work carried out at home, pre-school and in school settings with children and their families.
More info
Free
200900 2009

Below the breadline: A year in the life of families in poverty

by Julie Harris, Morag Treanor and Neera Sharma

Type: Policy and research documents

'Below the Breadline' is Barnardo's pioneering research project into the experiences and events that shape the lives of families living in poverty.
More info
Free
200800 2008

Like any other child? Children and families in the asylum process

by John Reacroft

Type: Policy and research documents

Like Any Other Child?, highlights the abject poverty, racial harassment and demoralising uncertainty, faced by children and families in the asylum system (Martin Narey, Barnardo's former Chief Executive).
More info
Free
201109 Sep 2011

Tough love, not get tough: Responsive approaches to improving behaviour in schools

by Jane Evans

This briefing shows that schools which succeed in engaging children and improving behaviour for the long term respond to their pupils' needs by offering an authoritative approach to discipline which addresses the underlying causes of bad behaviour, which often lie in problems at home.
More info
Free
 

Do community-based support services benefit bereaved children? A review of empirical evidence

by Katherine Curtis and Tony Newman

This review looks at interventions outside a clinical setting and their impact on children¿s well being.
More info
Free
201506 Jun 2015

Growing Up: an evaluation of horticultural therapy with young people who have a learning disability

by Victoria Gray Armstrong

This evaluation report brings together the statistical information from the Growing Up project as well as a wealth of qualitative evidence from interviews with trainees, families, staff, volunteers and referral agencies. The analysis of this data offers insights into what service users have found valuable about the Growing Up experience and what is working well to carry forward into the future.
More info
Free
201212 Dec 2012

Are we nearly there yet, Dad?

by Jessica Cundy

Supporting young dads' journeys through fatherhood
More info
Free
201304 Apr 2013

Children affected by the imprisonment of a family member: A handbook for schools developing good practice

by Owen Gill and Julia Morgan

The handbook is a practical resource to help schools support the children of prisoners. It covers the main research and gives examples of good practice. It provides checklists that schools can use to ensure they are doing everything possible to support this very vulnerable group. It also includes an A3 poster for display which emphasises that the school supports children of prisoners.
More info
Free
201501 Jan 2015

Evaluation of the Community Support for Offenders' Families service

This report sets out the findings from an evaluation of the Community Support for Offenders Families service.
More info
Free
201511 Nov 2015

Bringing Five to Thrive Alive: two approaches to implementing Five to Thrive within Barnardo's

by Bridget Pettitt

Type: Teaching resources

Five to Thrive, developed by Kate Cairns Associates, is a flexible approach that offers learning for practitioners and parents. It is designed to enhance awareness of the central ingredients for healthy brain development in babies, with five key activities - Respond, Cuddle, Relax, Play, Talk - described as the 'building blocks for a healthy brain.'
More info
Free
201503 Mar 2015

Feeling the pinch: the impact of benefit changes on families and young people

by Nicola Smith

Type: Policy and research documents

This report draws on this experience to provide a first-hand account from Barnardo's services on the impact changes to benefits have had on vulnerable families across England and Wales. It uses the results of a recent survey of 138 Barnardo's services to paint a detailed picture of how families have been impacted by a variety of changes to benefits, and the difficult choices many of our families and young people have faced.
More info
Free
 

Keeping the family in mind

Type: Policy and research documents

This report explores the lives and needs of children and young people who care for parents with mental health problems.
More info
Free
201210 Oct 2012

Family support for children and families affected by imprisonment: A handbook for Families First services in Wales

by Barnardo's

Type: Tools for professionals

This handbook is designed to be an accessible aid to practice for busy staff and their managers as they strive to develop their reach to the children and families of prisioners.
More info
Free
201409 Sep 2014

The Way Forward: a report for care leavers

by Natasha Slater

Type: Policy and research documents, Campaign documents

Our new report 'The way forward' shows research that Barnardo's has conducted with young people leaving care that we work with. This report shows what is important to them.
More info
Free
201000 2010

Every Night You Cry: The realities of having a parent in prison

by Jane Glover

Every Night You Cry reports on the poor outcomes of children with a parent in prison, and highlights findings from an audit of children's plans that too many local authorities are failing to address their needs.
More info
Free
200500 2005

Evaluation of Wiltshire school start service - work in progress

by Rachel Dowling

An evaluation of the programme of work carried out at home, pre-school and in school settings with children and their families.
More info
Free
201112 Dec 2011

A vicious cycle

by Ivan Mathers and Neera Sharma

A vicious cycle shows how problem debt can have a persistent and invasive impact on the lives of families struggling to live on low incomes.
More info
Free
201306 Jun 2013

An evaluation of the Keighley Choices Programme

by Home Office and Barnardo's

The Keighley Choices programme targeted the voluntary and community sector to support their involvement in preventing and reducing substance misuse and related offending by vulnerable young people aged 10-19 years. This evaluation examines the extent to which Keighley Choices increased the capacity of local organisations to identify and respond appropriately to children and young people at risk of substance misuse and/or offending.
More info
Free
201109 Sep 2011

Tough love, not get tough: Responsive approaches to improving behaviour in schools

by Jane Evans

This briefing shows that schools which succeed in engaging children and improving behaviour for the long term respond to their pupils' needs by offering an authoritative approach to discipline which addresses the underlying causes of bad behaviour, which often lie in problems at home.
More info
Free
201312 Dec 2013

Families in need of food parcels - the food poverty crisis unwrapped

by Barnardo's

Type: Policy and research documents

Christmas dinner can often be food parcel for many children, a Barnardo's report reveals, because rising living costs and changes to the welfare system are driving increasing numbers of vulnerable families to use emergency food services. Between 2007 and 2012, food prices rose between 19 per cent and 47 per cent. The cost of essentials such as food and fuel also increased, as benefits were cut, reducing the income of the poorest households. "Families in need of food parcels: the food poverty crisis unwrapped", is a nationwide survey of Barnardo's services which explores families' growing use of emergency food schemes. It found 94% of applicable projects reporting an increased or high demand for food banks or vouchers in the past year.
More info
Free
201402 Feb 2014

Someone to Care Experiences of leaving care

by by Barnardo's

"Someone to Care" is based on face to face research with 62 care leavers and contrasts their emotional circumstances with the expectations we have for our own children.
More info
Free
201509 Sep 2015

Unprotected, Overprotected: meeting the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, sexual exploitation

by Anita Franklin, Phil Raws and Emilie Smeaton

Type: Policy and research documents

This exploratory research study aimed to increase understanding of how to meet the needs of children and young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, child sexual exploitation (CSE).
More info
Free
201606 Jun 2016

The Case for Early Support

Type: Campaign documents

Ahead of the 2015 general election, Barnardo's linked with four other children's charities to lead the "A Stitch in Time Campaign," highlighting the importance of prevention and early intervention in public services.
More info
Free
200900 2009

Counting on Credit

by Tom Stewart

The Counting on credit report asks for stricter scrutiny of the pressure put on people to take out punitively high interest loans.
More info
Free
200700 2007

It doesn't happen here - The reality of child poverty in the uk

by Neera Sharma with a commentary by Donald Hirsch

The lives of 3.8 million children in the UK - one in three are blighted by poverty. This report is based on interviews with over 40 families with whom Barnardo's works.
More info
Free
200900 2009

Supporting Prisoners' Families

by Naomi Clewett and Jane Glover

Supporting Prisoners' Families outlines Barnardo's work with children and families of prisoners across the UK.
More info
Free
201104 Apr 2011

Reaching families in need: Learning from practice in Barnardo's Children's Centres

by Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit

Type: Policy and research documents

This briefing highlights good practice enabling Sure Start Children's Centres to extend their reach to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families.
More info
Free
200700 2007

Parents in Hospital: How mental health services can best promote family contact when a parent is in hospital

by Barbara Robinson and Sara Scott

This review of contact arrangements in Mental Health settings investigated the policies, arrangements and facilities that promote contact between parents and children when a parent is in hospital.
More info
Free
201511 Nov 2015

Bringing Five to Thrive Alive: two approaches to implementing Five to Thrive within Barnardo's

by Bridget Pettitt

Five to Thrive, developed by Kate Cairns Associates, is a flexible approach that offers learning for practitioners and parents. It is designed to enhance awareness of the central ingredients for healthy brain development in babies, with five key activities - Respond, Cuddle, Relax, Play, Talk - described as the 'building blocks for a healthy brain.'
More info
Free
200400 2004

What works in building resilience?

by Tony Newman

Type: Policy and research documents

This book focuses on the assets of children and families, rather than their problems, and moves beyond simply reviewing theoretical research to examining the interventions that actively promote resilience.
Buy More info
£11.99
 

Sure Start Hartcliffe, Highridge and Withywood Evaluation of the Family Link Worker Service

by Karen McInnes and Emma Burton

This evaluation looked at the organisation and delivery of the family link worker service at Hartcliffe, Highridge and Withywood Sure Start local programme.
More info
Free
 

'What works for children' initiative

Type: Policy and research documents

City and York universities, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, have been working with Barnardo's to explore how research can be applied to childcare practice.
More info
Free
200700 2007

Professional briefing on family mediation in Northern Ireland: research and practice

by Jane Glover

Type: Campaign documents

This briefing outlines the findings from an evaluation of Newry Family Resource Centre's mediation service.
More info
Free
201000 2010

She just cries and cries: Case studies of Devon families with a father in prison

by Owen Gill

This report has been produced to raise awareness of the emotional and practical impact that the imprisonment of a father has on his children and family.
More info
Free
201306 Jun 2013

An evaluation of the Keighley Choices Programme

by Home Office and Barnardo's

Type: Miscellaneous

The Keighley Choices programme targeted the voluntary and community sector to support their involvement in preventing and reducing substance misuse and related offending by vulnerable young people aged 10-19 years. This evaluation examines the extent to which Keighley Choices increased the capacity of local organisations to identify and respond appropriately to children and young people at risk of substance misuse and/or offending.
More info
Free
201204 Apr 2012

Under fives and their families affected by imprisonment: A handbook for Sure Start Children's Centres

by Owen Gill

Type: Tools for professionals

This handbook is a practical resource to help Sure Start Children's Centres support children and their families affected by imprisonment.
More info
£6.00
200800 2008

Like any other child? Children and families in the asylum process

by John Reacroft

Like Any Other Child?, highlights the abject poverty, racial harassment and demoralising uncertainty, faced by children and families in the asylum system (Martin Narey, Barnardo's former Chief Executive).
More info
Free
201109 Sep 2011

Tough love, not get tough: Responsive approaches to improving behaviour in schools

by Jane Evans

Type: Policy and research documents

This briefing shows that schools which succeed in engaging children and improving behaviour for the long term respond to their pupils' needs by offering an authoritative approach to discipline which addresses the underlying causes of bad behaviour, which often lie in problems at home.
More info
Free
201606 Jun 2016

The Case for Early Support

Type: Policy and research documents

Ahead of the 2015 general election, Barnardo's linked with four other children's charities to lead the "A Stitch in Time Campaign," highlighting the importance of prevention and early intervention in public services.
More info
Free
 

Do community-based support services benefit bereaved children? A review of empirical evidence

by Katherine Curtis and Tony Newman

This review looks at interventions outside a clinical setting and their impact on children¿s well being.
More info
Free
200700 2007

It doesn't happen here - The reality of child poverty in the uk

by Neera Sharma with a commentary by Donald Hirsch

The lives of 3.8 million children in the UK - one in three are blighted by poverty. This report is based on interviews with over 40 families with whom Barnardo's works.
More info
Free
201104 Apr 2011

Reaching families in need: Learning from practice in Barnardo's Children's Centres

by Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit

This briefing highlights good practice enabling Sure Start Children's Centres to extend their reach to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families.
More info
Free
201506 Jun 2015

Growing Up: an evaluation of horticultural therapy with young people who have a learning disability

by Victoria Gray Armstrong

This evaluation report brings together the statistical information from the Growing Up project as well as a wealth of qualitative evidence from interviews with trainees, families, staff, volunteers and referral agencies. The analysis of this data offers insights into what service users have found valuable about the Growing Up experience and what is working well to carry forward into the future.
More info
Free
200700 2007

Parents in Hospital: How mental health services can best promote family contact when a parent is in hospital

by Barbara Robinson and Sara Scott

Type: Policy and research documents

This review of contact arrangements in Mental Health settings investigated the policies, arrangements and facilities that promote contact between parents and children when a parent is in hospital.
More info
Free
201102 Feb 2011

No Fixed Abode: the accommodation struggle for young people leaving custody in England

by Jane Glover and Naomi Clewett

Type: Policy and research documents

This report shows that children as young as 13 are being released from custody into unsuitable and unsafe housing, leaving them vulnerable to reoffending at huge cost to themselves, society and the Exchequer.
More info
Free
201212 Dec 2012

Are we nearly there yet, Dad?

by Jessica Cundy

Type: Policy and research documents

Supporting young dads' journeys through fatherhood
More info
Free
201501 Jan 2015

Evaluation of the Community Support for Offenders' Families service

Type: Policy and research documents

This report sets out the findings from an evaluation of the Community Support for Offenders Families service.
More info
Free
200400 2004

What works in building resilience?

by Tony Newman

This book focuses on the assets of children and families, rather than their problems, and moves beyond simply reviewing theoretical research to examining the interventions that actively promote resilience.
Buy More info
£11.99
201000 2010

Making plans: Using Family Group conferencing to reduce the impact of caring on young people

by Naomi Clewett, Martha Slowley and Jane Glover

Type: Policy and research documents

This briefing describes how this short-term method of service delivery can reduce the amount and impact of caring by young people.
More info
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200600 2006

Domestic abuse in Northern Somerset: a scoping exercise

by Karen McInnes and Tony Newman

This research, carried out by Barnardo¿s Southwest in 2006 on behalf of North Somerset Crime and Drugs Partnership, scopes services for families experiencing domestic violence.
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201409 Sep 2014

The Way Forward: a report for care leavers

by Natasha Slater

Our new report 'The way forward' shows research that Barnardo's has conducted with young people leaving care that we work with. This report shows what is important to them.
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201000 2010

Every Night You Cry: The realities of having a parent in prison

by Jane Glover

Every Night You Cry reports on the poor outcomes of children with a parent in prison, and highlights findings from an audit of children's plans that too many local authorities are failing to address their needs.
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200500 2005

Evaluation of Wiltshire school start service - work in progress

by Rachel Dowling

An evaluation of the programme of work carried out at home, pre-school and in school settings with children and their families.
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200300 2003

Meeting the needs of black and minority ethnic young carers

by Helen Mills

Type: Policy and research documents

This literature review and research study explores the current situation for BME young carers and draws practical conclusions that suggest how the service can best support its users.
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Free
200900 2009

Improving opportunities and outcomes for parents with mental health needs and their children

by Rebecca Fowler, Barbara Robinson and Sara Scott

Type: Policy and research documents

This report, produced by Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit and DMSS Research and Consultancy, analyses the work of the Action 16 outcomes partnership 2005-2008, which aimed to find ways of improving opportunities and outcomes for parents with mental health needs and their children.
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200900 2009

Counting on Credit

by Tom Stewart

The Counting on credit report asks for stricter scrutiny of the pressure put on people to take out punitively high interest loans.
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200700 2007

It doesn't happen here - The reality of child poverty in the uk

by Neera Sharma with a commentary by Donald Hirsch

The lives of 3.8 million children in the UK - one in three are blighted by poverty. This report is based on interviews with over 40 families with whom Barnardo's works.
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201506 Jun 2015

Growing Up: an evaluation of horticultural therapy with young people who have a learning disability

by Victoria Gray Armstrong

This evaluation report brings together the statistical information from the Growing Up project as well as a wealth of qualitative evidence from interviews with trainees, families, staff, volunteers and referral agencies. The analysis of this data offers insights into what service users have found valuable about the Growing Up experience and what is working well to carry forward into the future.
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Free
201304 Apr 2013

Children affected by the imprisonment of a family member: A handbook for schools developing good practice

by Owen Gill and Julia Morgan

Type: Teaching resources

The handbook is a practical resource to help schools support the children of prisoners. It covers the main research and gives examples of good practice. It provides checklists that schools can use to ensure they are doing everything possible to support this very vulnerable group. It also includes an A3 poster for display which emphasises that the school supports children of prisoners.
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201503 Mar 2015

Feeling the pinch: the impact of benefit changes on families and young people

by Nicola Smith

This report draws on this experience to provide a first-hand account from Barnardo's services on the impact changes to benefits have had on vulnerable families across England and Wales. It uses the results of a recent survey of 138 Barnardo's services to paint a detailed picture of how families have been impacted by a variety of changes to benefits, and the difficult choices many of our families and young people have faced.
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Sure Start Hartcliffe, Highridge and Withywood Evaluation of the Family Link Worker Service

by Karen McInnes and Emma Burton

Type: Policy and research documents

This evaluation looked at the organisation and delivery of the family link worker service at Hartcliffe, Highridge and Withywood Sure Start local programme.
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'What works for children' initiative

City and York universities, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, have been working with Barnardo's to explore how research can be applied to childcare practice.
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Free
201409 Sep 2014

The Way Forward: a report for care leavers

by Natasha Slater

Our new report 'The way forward' shows research that Barnardo's has conducted with young people leaving care that we work with. This report shows what is important to them.
More info
Free
201000 2010

Every Night You Cry: The realities of having a parent in prison

by Jane Glover

Every Night You Cry reports on the poor outcomes of children with a parent in prison, and highlights findings from an audit of children's plans that too many local authorities are failing to address their needs.
More info
Free
200700 2007

Professional briefing on family mediation in Northern Ireland: research and practice

by Jane Glover

Type: Policy and research documents

This briefing outlines the findings from an evaluation of Newry Family Resource Centre's mediation service.
More info
Free
200900 2009

Below the breadline: A year in the life of families in poverty

by Julie Harris, Morag Treanor and Neera Sharma

'Below the Breadline' is Barnardo's pioneering research project into the experiences and events that shape the lives of families living in poverty.
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Free
201112 Dec 2011

A vicious cycle

by Ivan Mathers and Neera Sharma

Type: Policy and research documents

A vicious cycle shows how problem debt can have a persistent and invasive impact on the lives of families struggling to live on low incomes.
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200000 2000

Counting the cost of child poverty

by Mike Hughes, Anna Downie and Neera Sharma

Using balance sheets and graphs, 'Counting the cost of child poverty' calculates the human, social and economic costs of poverty.
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200300 2003

Meeting the needs of black and minority ethnic young carers

by Helen Mills

This literature review and research study explores the current situation for BME young carers and draws practical conclusions that suggest how the service can best support its users.
More info
Free
200900 2009

Counting on Credit

by Tom Stewart

Type: Policy and research documents

The Counting on credit report asks for stricter scrutiny of the pressure put on people to take out punitively high interest loans.
More info
Free
 

Do community-based support services benefit bereaved children? A review of empirical evidence

by Katherine Curtis and Tony Newman

Type: Policy and research documents

This review looks at interventions outside a clinical setting and their impact on children¿s well being.
More info
Free
200700 2007

It doesn't happen here - The reality of child poverty in the uk

by Neera Sharma with a commentary by Donald Hirsch

Type: Policy and research documents

The lives of 3.8 million children in the UK - one in three are blighted by poverty. This report is based on interviews with over 40 families with whom Barnardo's works.
More info
Free
201506 Jun 2015

Growing Up: an evaluation of horticultural therapy with young people who have a learning disability

by Victoria Gray Armstrong

Type: Miscellaneous

This evaluation report brings together the statistical information from the Growing Up project as well as a wealth of qualitative evidence from interviews with trainees, families, staff, volunteers and referral agencies. The analysis of this data offers insights into what service users have found valuable about the Growing Up experience and what is working well to carry forward into the future.
More info
Free
201304 Apr 2013

Children affected by the imprisonment of a family member: A handbook for schools developing good practice

by Owen Gill and Julia Morgan

The handbook is a practical resource to help schools support the children of prisoners. It covers the main research and gives examples of good practice. It provides checklists that schools can use to ensure they are doing everything possible to support this very vulnerable group. It also includes an A3 poster for display which emphasises that the school supports children of prisoners.
More info
Free
201511 Nov 2015

Bringing Five to Thrive Alive: two approaches to implementing Five to Thrive within Barnardo's

by Bridget Pettitt

Type: Policy and research documents

Five to Thrive, developed by Kate Cairns Associates, is a flexible approach that offers learning for practitioners and parents. It is designed to enhance awareness of the central ingredients for healthy brain development in babies, with five key activities - Respond, Cuddle, Relax, Play, Talk - described as the 'building blocks for a healthy brain.'
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