November 25th, 2009

Should social workers be expected to ‘do it all’?

Social workers in England have more responsibility and a wider remit than many of their continental European counterparts, according to a new report published by the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the Institute of Education, and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Social workers in England have responsibility for all aspects of case management and direct contact with families, but in much of continental Europe these responsibilities are split between several different highly-trained professionals.

November 17th

Childcare funding must double to achieve high quality

Daycare Trust, the National Childcare Campaign, will this week publish ground-breaking new research supported by the Nuffield Foundation defining high quality childcare and setting out how much it will cost to fund its roll-out across England.

October 30th

Report calls for new system for freeing prisoners in England and Wales and new sentences for ‘dangerous offenders’

A new report from JUSTICE has called for a new system for freeing prisoners in England and Wales, to replace the current Parole Board.

The Parole Board currently decides whether and when to free all prisoners serving life sentences and those serving ‘dangerous offenders’ sentences, as well as some prisoners serving fixed-term sentences for older offences.

October 20th

When Couples Part - new review on relationship breakdown

Research and practice organisation One Plus One has published a major review of the international research literature on the impact of relationship breakdown on the physical and psychological health of adults and children.

The review also examines the consequences for parenting, parent-child relationships and child wellbeing.

Visit the One Plus One website for more information about the review, or download the Executive Summary:

September 11th

Promising start for new Family Drug and Alcohol Court

The new model Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) has the potential to improve outcomes for children by tackling the substance misuse of parents at an early stage of care proceedings, according to an independent report published today. 

Under the FDAC system, parents are getting immediate access to substance misuse services. Families are also benefiting from the court’s assistance in addressing other issues affecting their ability to parent, such as housing, domestic violence and financial hardship.

September 9th

New service for witnesses of crime

A new charity funded by the Nuffield Foundation will take a stand against walk-on-by culture that fuels violent crime, feeds fear and fractures communities.

Witness Confident has been set up to promote greater public participation in the prevention and solution of crime and to promote good citizenship and civic responsibility in England and Wales. It has been funded by the Nuffield Foundation as part of our Open Door Programme. Witness Confident will operate by:

September 8th

Bone research breakthrough

Scientists from Aberdeen University, including one of the Nuffield Foundation's Oliver Bird Rheumatism Programme's PhD students, have discovered a new way in which cells that destroy bone can be controlled.

The University of Aberdeen team has also found that a constituent in cannabis can prevent this breakdown of bone.

But the researchers - whose findings appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - stress that smoking cannabis is not the answer to beating bone diseases such as osteoporosis.

August 27th

Success in encouraging teenagers to study science

More teenagers are studying science beyond GCSE level thanks to a course designed by University of York and Nuffield Foundation experts.

A new survey shows schools using the Twenty First Century Science GCSE curriculum are experiencing much larger increases in the number of students going on to study physics, chemistry or biology at AS-level compared to national averages.

July 30th

Parents of teenagers are doing a good job

Parents of teenagers are doing a good job, and poor parenting is not the reason for the increase in problem behaviour amongst teenagers, a new briefing paper published today by the Nuffield Foundation reveals.

Research undertaken by a team led by Professor Frances Gardner from the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Oxford found no evidence of a general decline in parenting.

July 23rd

An invisible revolution?

In 2008 nearly 110,000 students, some 15% of the age cohort, gained a GCSE or equivalent qualification in Applied Science. Five years earlier the number was less than 20,000. This substantial rise has received little public or policy attention.

GCE Applied Science and other qualifications such as BTEC Nationals are providing a progression route for a growing group of students not catered for in the past, but there is a lack of systematic support in terms of resources, training and guidance.