Billions cut from early help for children and young people

http://www.ncb.org.uk/news/billions-cut-from-early-help-for-children-and-young-people  Extract:  ”Funding to help children and young people before their problems spiral out of control has been cut by 55%, leaving children and teenagers at greater risk of suffering longer term difficulties, new research reveals. An investigation by The Children’s Society and the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) in collaboration with Children & Young People […]

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How Brains Are Built

How Brains Are Built Short Video Clip Click above  Published in Oct 2013 ‘Albert Family Wellness’ developed the video with  input from their partners at the ‘Harvard Center on the Developing Child’  and also the ‘FrameWorks Institute’. 

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IFS GREEN BUDGET PAPER 2014

http://www.ifs.org.uk/budgets/gb2014/gb2014.pdf  IFS GREEN BUDGET PAPER 2014 Excellent sections on Childcare, Low Paid families and Housing.  Filed April 2015

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Interpreting Labour Market Statistics

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lms/labour-market-guidance/interpreting-labour-market-statistics/explaining-employment–unemployment-and-inactivity.html   

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Female participation rates in the UK Labour Market 2014

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lmac/participation-rates-in-the-uk-labour-market/2014/art-2-women.html  Click on link for data –  it seems that just as many women with children are in paid work as women without children.   Of course many women without children also have other care responsibilities for ageing parents and for spouses and other family members,  especially during periods of ill health.   You can’t […]

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Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2015/03/much-womens-work-unpaid-without-it-economy-would-crumble  Extract: ”Canada’s national statistical agency has already thought about this: it came to the conclusion that unpaid work contributed between 30.6 and 41.4 per cent of GDP. That is a not insubstantial figure. So, why is such a huge contributor to national wealth being routinely ignored?” Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?Katrine Marçal, trans. Saskia Vogel Portobello […]

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What happens to a woman’s brain when she becomes a mother

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/01/what-happens-to-a-womans-brain-when-she-becomes-a-mother/384179/  The Atlantic January 2015

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The sense of TOUCH is what makes us human

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0543b0s  The importance of TOUCH –  listen again around 44 minutes in. Filed 16th March 2015 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Touch-Science-Hand-Heart-Mind/dp/0670014877

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Research: Epigenetics

http://childandfamilyblog.com/epigenetics-offer-hope-disadvantaged-children/  Filed March 16th 2015

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Fewer mothers at home or ‘economically inactive’ than in ’93

http://visual.ons.gov.uk/uk-perspectives-an-overview-of-the-uk-labour-market/  ONS statistics March 2015 Just one in ten women taking care of family –  but caution needed to interpret the data.    Less women over 60 are now economically inactive, which accounts partly for the change,  and it would also be good to know what proportion of women have children compared with 1993.

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