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Mental health research, policy and resources

Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit have conducted a wide variety of research into how to support children and young people with mental health difficulties.

These research resources can help practitioners, managers and service planners gain a deeper understanding of the issue and what works to improve outcomes for children and young people.

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Our latest mental health research, policy and resources

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2017

Neglected Minds: A report on mental health support for younger people leaving care

by Nicola Smith

This report looks at the mental health needs of care leavers and what could be done to better support them.
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Free
2016

Evaluation of Barnardo's Supported Lodgings

by Kate Sewel

This report presents findings from an Evaluation of Barnardo's Supported Lodgings provision.

Supported lodgings provide family-based support to young people who cannot live with their own families and who are not yet ready for independent living.

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Free
2015

Youth And The Internet: a guide for policy makers

by Jonathan Rallings

This report highlights concerns about the impact the internet is, and may be, having on young people, emerging from two central ideas beginning to gain traction in public debate:

  1. That the effect of the internet age may (or may not) represent a more fundamental divide in the 'generation gap' than previous experience of technology impacting on young people.
  2. That teenagers' emotional needs do not seem to have significantly altered in a generation, but the consequences of teenage behaviour are now radically amplified - for good as well as bad - by the internet.
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Free
2014

'Staying Put' for young people in residential care: a scoping exercise

by Collaboration between the National Children's Bureau, The Who Cares? Trust, Action for Children, Barnardo's, Together Trust and the Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University.

This report explores options for providing an equivalent of staying put for young people in residential care and the potential challenges and costs that will need to be taken into account for effective implementation.
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Free
2014

Not Just a Girl Thing: A Large-scale Comparison of Male and Female Users of Child Sexual Explitation Services

by Ella Cockbain, Helen Brayley and Matthew Ashby

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is increasingly recognised in the UK and internationally as a child protection and crime prevention priority. Yet, research and responses have focused heavily on girls and young women, leaving fundamental knowledge gaps around the characteristics and needs of boys and young men affected by CSE. The study introduced in this document formed part of a wider collaborative research programme designed to improve understanding of and inform responses to the sexual exploitation of boys and young men in the UK.
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2014

The costs of not caring: Supporting English care leavers into independence

by Richard brady

The Barnardo's report, The costs of not caring: supporting English care leavers into independence, is based on in-depth qualitative research with twenty care leavers and finds that some local children's services are placing care leavers in unsuitable housing with 'unrealistic' expectations as to how well they can cope with living alone.
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2014

An unfair system. All babies count: spotlight on the criminal justice system.

by Susan Galloway, Alice Haynes and Chris Cuthbert

This report is one of a series of Spotlight reports published as part of the NSPCCs All Babies Count campaign. All Babies Count aims to raise awareness of the importance of pregnancy and the first year of life to a child's development. Existing reports in this series explore the impact on babies of parental drug and alcohol misuse and perinatal mental illnesses.
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Free
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.
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£6.00
2012

Priced Out

by Policy, Research & Media

This report highlights the pervasive impact of escalating fuel costs on the poorest families who are spending £442 less than they need to keep their homes heated to an adequate standard of warmth. The report makes a number of recommendations and urges the UK Government and the Welsh Assembly to work with Ofgem and the 'big six' energy companies to address the issue of fuel poverty through a number of measures which include making sure that all customers, including those on pre-payment meters, are on the lowest tariffs.
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Free
2010

In Loco Parentis - A Demos report commissioned by Barnardo's

by Celia Hannon, Claudia Wood and Louise Bazalgette

The report examines what the care system would look like if it were reconfigured to avoid the delay, instability and abrupt transitions that many young people still experience and demonstrates that a smoother, more proactive care system could also be less costly to the state.
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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.
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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.
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Free
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.
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Free
2007

Keeping the Family in Mind Resource Pack (2nd Edition)

by Louise Wardale

Back by popular demand, the 2nd Edition of the Keeping the Family has new and improved contents. The pack is aimed at anyone who works with parents with mental health difficulties, their children and their families, and is designed to raise awareness of the issues that they face.
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£34.99
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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Free
2006

Raising awareness and promoting positive mental health and well-being among young people - The role of peer support

by Sharon Vincent, Susie Warden and Mary Duffy

The report presents the findings of a research study which explored young people's views and experiences of peer support.
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2003

Mental health of looked after children and young people in public care

by Christine Cocker, Sara Scott, Claire Turner and Nicola Smith

This study reviews the provision of specialist mental health services available to looked after children in England and other European countries.
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2001

No son of mine! Report

by Tink Palmer

Following on from our 'Whose daughter next?' report and film, this report draws attention to the sexual exploitation of boys and young men.
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£3.99
 

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.
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Free
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