The drugs don’t work
The use of prescription drugs for children’s behavioural problems is spiraling out of control, says Dave Traxson. But, he argues, a powerful campaign against the excessive use of psychotropic drugs and over-diagnosis of behavioural problems is gathering pace.
The poverty trap?
Children living in persistent poverty are at higher risk of poor educational, health, housing and crime outcomes than temporarily poor children. NFER’s Kerry Martin and Julie Nelson identify factors and interventions that help persistently poor children achieve a positive outcome in adulthood.
Turning the tables
Research is something that’s done to people in care, right? Not in this case. Kristen Liabo looks at what happens when care leavers take control of the research agenda.
The impact of addiction
With academic success beckoning and a glittering future in view for her son, Maggie Swann was entitled to feel that nothing could go wrong. And then she discovered his skunk habit. Here she tells the story.
Moving towards inclusion
Children with severe disabilities are often the most marginalised in society. Yet child-focused programmes that concentrate on promoting independence can yield excellent results, say Di Rickard and Michael Sutoris.
Can nature nurture?
What are the healing powers of nature? Research is increasingly telling us that exploring the natural world can improve wellbeing. Can it also help schools tackle children’s mental health problems? Carl Dutton and Jaya Chandna think so.
Faith in the family
Parenting programmes are all the rage at the moment. But why do they fail to take into account the cultural reality of life in Britain today? Kathleen Roche-Nagi describes a new approach to parenting support aiming to help Muslim families.
Making separation work for children
Family break-up can cause intense distress to children as their world is turned upside down. Lisa Parkinson shows how mediation can help couples focus on their offspring and ease the period of transition to a new way of life.
Chronicle of a death foretold
In the second of our articles on the death of Daniel Pelka, Tim Linehan pulls out the key events which could have resulted in child protection procedures being activated.
Daniel: A brief life
Daniel Pelka’s short life ended in March 2012 when he was murdered by his parents. Last month, a serious case review was published, uncovering a series of alarming failures across education, health, police and social care. Tim Linehan examines the findings of the review.