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Parenting research and resources

Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit have conducted a wide variety of research into how best to support parents and what affects a parents ability to cope.

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 parenting research and resources

Find below a list of our latest parenting research and resources or search our full publications database.

Published date Publication Price
2015

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

by Bridget Pettitt

Type: Policy and research documents, Tools for professionals, 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.'
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Free
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.
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Free
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.
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Free
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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Free
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.
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£6.00
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.
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Free
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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Free
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.
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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

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.
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Free
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, 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.
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Free
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.
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£2.50
 

'What works for children' initiative

Type: Policy and research documents, 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.
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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.
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Free
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