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Children and Young People

A Unicef report published in 2007 found that British children are languishing at the bottom of an international league table examining the physical and emotional well-being of youngsters in the world's wealthiest nations. We cover a range of policies impacting on the welfare of children and young people, including protection and safeguarding, the care system, adoption and fostering, childcare provision and early years services, parent support and and youth services.

This collection is made up of full text reports on children and young people, available to view free of charge

Our picks

More than a game: harnessing the power of sport to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people

This report seeks to examine the use of sport as a tool to engage and work with young people in the most deprived communities.

Does free childcare help parents work?

This briefing note draws on the findings of a new IFS working paper, ‘Free childcare and parents’ labour supply: is more better?’In this new work, the researchers compared what happened to the labour market outcomes of mothers and fathers as their children moved from being entitled to a free part-time nursery place (offering 15 hours of free childcare per week) to a full-time place at primary school (which effectively offers parents 30–35 hours of free childcare per week).

Playing fair: addressing early years inequalities and improving social mobility.

This policy briefing explains why the Government must do more for disadvantaged children in the early years to improve social mobility across the country.

Speak, play, count: tracking progress on children development

This policy briefing proposes a more sustainable approach to monitoring child development following the abandonment of the government's plans to introduce a Reception Baseline Assessment.

Characteristics of children in need: 2015 to 2016

This statistical first release includes information on:Children in need of social services.

30 hour free childcare entitlement: delivery model: government consultation response

The government launched a consultation on 3rd April 2016 which asked for views on:Increasing flexibility of the free entitlement to better meet the needs of working parents.

Family hubs: a discussion paper

Family Hubs provide a more integrated, preventative approach to supporting the country’s most vulnerable families.

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