Resources

To view press releases, go to The Family Commission media centre.

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Starting a Family Revolution: Putting families in charge
October 2010
The Family Commission final report summary leaflet

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Starting a Family Revolution: Putting families in charge
October 2010
The Family Commission final report

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Families First: Building a blueprint for supporting British families
February 2010
Emerging findings and recommendations for action from The Family Commission. 

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The Family Commission: Call for Evidence
Document outlining the purpose and planned work of The Family Commission on its launch in April 2009, and calling for families around the UK to have their say.

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YouGov Poll Findings 2009
Ahead of the official launch of the Family Commission, 4Children commissioned research company, You Gov, to carry out a poll to explore people’s attitudes towards and perceptions of family life in the UK.

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For All Ages: Bringing different generations closer together
4Children in partnership with Counsel and Care, 2008
This pamphlet argues for a new approach to build the connection across the generations, and puts forward a number of recommendations for action – as intergenerational approaches can deliver real benefits not only to individuals and families but to communities and wider society.

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Free Range Childhoods: Creating good neighbourhoods for children to grow up in
4Children, 2007
This pamphlet argues for a new and bold settlement for children and families in the UK which acknowledges the challenges of growing up and bringing up children today. It sets out a platform of support from Government for all, backed by guarantees to be delivered in every area.

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Still Home Alone? Developing ‘next generation’ care for older children
Author: Karen Buck MP (4Children, 2007)
This report draws together the particular challenges facing families with children aged 11–14 who still often fall between youth initiatives and those aimed at younger children – proposing to complement existing strategies with new funding to pump prime developments.

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The Battle to Engage: Renewing democracy for the next generation
Author: Oona King (4Children, 2007)
This report, at a time of renewed interest in electoral matters, reveals the startling link between young people and low levels of voter turnout. It covers a range of important matters relating to local engagement of children and young people in delivering services and makes a number of recommendations for change.

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Parenting and Wellbeing: knitting families together
Young Foundation, September 2009
Press release of this report launch. The report argues that parenting support often fails because it ignores the wellbeing of parents themselves, and recommends a range of approaches including involving parents, carers and children and young people in the design of family support.

Initiatives

Hit the Ground Crawling
Hit the Ground Crawling (HTGC) is a groundbreaking antenatal training programme for expectant and new fathers run by the Fatherhood Institute. Facilitated by trained midwives, health visitors or Children’s Centre staff, HTGC gives groups of dads-to-be the opportunity to learn childcare skills from new dads and their babies.
 
HTGC is now running in 10 local authorities. Independent evaluation shows it is effective at giving fathers greater confidence and skills, and encouraging them to be more supportive to mothers. To read a case study about HTGC, visit the Fatherhood Institute ‘Think Fathers’ section.
 
For more details, and to talk to local authorities currently using HTGC, email Dirk Uitterdijk on d.uitterdijk@fatherhoodinstitute.org or phone him on 0782 516 5832.

Useful websites


Anti-bullying Network

A network established so that teachers, parents and young people can share ideas about how bullying should be tackled.
 
BBC Parenting
A website with information regarding all issues of parenting.
 
Contact a Family
The only UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children.
 
Grandparents Plus
The national charity which champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children's lives - especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances.

The Guide for Separated Parents: putting your children first
Dedicated website for this guide (authors: Karen & Nick Woodall, Piatkus 2009)

Home-Start
Supporting families in local communities across theUK
 
National Academy for Parenting Practitioners
Works to transform the quality and size of the parenting workforce across England, so that parents can access the help they need to raise their children well.
 
Parenting UK
A national membership body for organisations and individuals who work with parents

Call for evidence
Call for evidence