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Life Chances

Overwhelming evidence suggests that, within the context of the early years of a child’s life (0-5), the single most important factor influencing a child’s intellectual and social development is the quality of parenting and care they receive and the quality of the home learning environment that this creates. What parents do is ultimately more important than who parents are.

Effectively, our brains are largely formed by what we experience in early life. At birth there are 100 billion neurons (brain cells) and 50 trillion synapses (connections). By age three, the number of synapses has increased twenty-fold to one thousand trillion. Many new synapses are formed and strengthened by experience – early life defines which of them live and which die. Synapses become ‘hard-wired’ by repeated use, enabling very rapid learning via early life experience. Conversely, just as a memory will fade if it is hardly ever accessed, unused synapses wither away. The whole process has the effect of making early learned behaviour resistant to change.
The brain of an abused or neglected child is significantly smaller than the norm: the system which governs emotions is 20-30 per cent smaller; the part responsible for memory is also smaller. Both of these stunted developments are the direct result of much less stimulation (e.g. sight, sound, touch) than is required for normal development of the brain.

The Church is already involved with parents and children but could we adjust our social actions to make more of a difference for this group?


Housing estate 492
Moving to opportunity?
Does moving to housing in low-poverty areas increase life chances? Breaking up pockets of poverty by using benefits to encourage low-income families to move to "high opportunity" neighbourhoods? More ...
From an article on NPR
AV1 492
No Isolation robot
Enables children with long-term illness to virtually attend school, socialise with classmates and remain connected. It becomes their eyes, ears and voice in the classroom. More ...
From an article by Noisolation
Butterfly 492
Preparing for a transition
How do we help our children with change, whether that's leaving home, a new school, new house or new member of the family? Growing up inevitably involves change but sometimes we don't find it easy to manage. More ...
From an article by Parenting for Faith
Literacy 492
Harvard study shows the dangers of early school enrolment 
Children haven’t changed, but our expectations of their behaviour have. They are increasingly required to learn academic content at an early age that may be well above their developmental capability. More ...
From an article by the Foundation for Economic Edu
School 2 492
Story of a trauma-informed school
Children are coming to school already in a state of anxiety and they do not need anyone adding to that anxiety. We're not punishing children because they are behaving badly, we're trying to understand what has happened to them. More ...
From a video by ACE-Aware Scotland
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Two-by-Ten strategy 
For 2 mins each day, 10 days in a row, teachers have a personal conversation with a disruptive student about anything the student is interested in. Resulted in 85-percent improvement in student's behaviour and in all the other students' behaviour. More ...
From an article by ASCD
Broken 1 492
The lasting effects of childhood trauma 
Have you ever met a person who woke up one morning and says, "My ambition is to become an addict." When people are in tremendous pain, their range of choices is limited and not only that their brains are affected by those early experiences. More ...
From an interview on STV
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The positive effects of expressive writing 
Expressive writing or journaling has a healing quality, encouraging writers to process and find meaning from a difficult life circumstance, to let it go, and to create a new story for their lives. More ...
From The Imagine Project
oslo 492
Can being in nature speed up healing?
At Oslo University Hospital, sick kids aren’t confined to bed. They fish, chop wood, shoot arrows and paint pictures, all in a woodland cabin 650 feet from the building. More ...
From various articles
Doors 492
Opening Doors - creating a trauma informed workforce
A video to open discussion on knowing how to adapt the way companies work to make a positive difference to people affected by trauma and adversity. Trauma is everybody’s business. More ...
From a video by NHS Scotland
Prisoners 492
More than eight in ten men in prison suffered childhood adversity 
Children who experience ACEs are more likely to adopt health-harming and anti-social behaviours as adults, are at much greater risk of poor health throughout life, and may have greater needs for support from healthcare and other public services. More ...
From an article by Public Health Wales
Book 492
The Little Book of Adverse Childhood Experiences 
Over half of the people you will meet today have lived with and been affected by ACEs. How would it alter the way you interact with them and your expectations of them, if you saw them through this lens? More ...
Geoff Knott
identity 492
Dwyane Wade is a US, 13-time All-Star basketball player who has just retired. His success belies his upbringing. To celebrate his final season, he has been swapping jerseys with NBA legends. Before he said goodbye, he was presented with 5 more. More ...
Geoff Knott
Brain 492
How compassion can triumph over toxic childhood trauma  
Supportive relationships are a key ingredient for change. Support from friends, family, spouses or neighbours or involvement in community can boost the quality and security of life for people. More ...
From an article by The Conversation
vroom 492
Vroom - boosting a child's learning
An app for parents and educators containing over 1,000 brain-building interactions you can do with your children. More ...
Geoff Knott
Father 1 492
Dad - a girl’s first and most influential love 
Evidence demonstrating the remarkable potential of the father-daughter relationship and the disastrous consequences for all when it is ignored. More ...
From a blog by the Institute of Family Studies
Forest 492
Little forest folk
Spending time in nature allows for a deep connection to the natural world and exposure to a learning environment full of imagination, challenge, inspiration, awe and wonder. Why and how to use forests instead of classrooms for learning environments. More ...
From a video on TED-Ed
Trauma 1 492
Childhood trauma could affect the next generation 
For every type of “adverse childhood event” (ACE) a parent went through, their children had 19% higher odds of poorer health and 17% higher odds of having asthma. More ...
From an article by Quartz
Summer 1 492
The value of real-world learning experiences
Real-world learning experiences, like summer camps, can significantly improve children’s knowledge in a matter of just days, a new study suggests. More ...
From an article by Ohio State University
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First Star Academy
Placing young people who are in care into academies on university campuses to support, inspire and belong. The results are startling – over 90% who attend in the USA go on to study at university versus national average of 3%. More ...
Geoff Knott
EIF 492
Realising the potential of early intervention 
Early intervention is as pertinent to societal concerns today as it ever was. A report by the Early Intervention Foundation gives some insights into the latest state of play. More ...
From a report by Early Intervention Foundation
ACE school 492
One school’s story of building resilience 
Steps that staff have been taking as they work to put relationships and well-being at the heart of every single learning opportunity they offer to the 500 children in their care. More ...
From a video by ACE-Aware Scotland
Ring 492
Divorce rate falls by 28% after relationship education programme
Can we scale up Relationship Education services to saturate a community? Could Relationship Education make a larger impact than for just a few couples? More ...
From a blog by The Institute of Family Studies
Swing 492
In our efforts to protect, are we increasing children's anxiety?
To become a confident, competent adult, should children go outside more, make their own mistakes and figure things out? Putting children in control helps them learn to solve problems, and cope better in new environments. More ...
Geoff Knott
football 492
Refugee football
Each week on a Thursday night 7-8pm at a local Leisure Centre, Emmanuel Church volunteers gather up to 25 teenagers from almost as many different countries to play football. More ...
From an article by Emmanuel Church Oxford
Heckman 492
The Heckman Equation
Early nurturing, learning experiences and physical health from ages 0-5 greatly impact success or failure in society. The best time to develop skills, social abilities is in the very early years when developmental support is most effective. More ...
From research by Professor James Heckman
Domestic 492
Teenage mental health and family life
It should be fairly self-evident that the main way we cope with life depends in large part on the security we get from what is going on at home. Research shows two key factors.. More ...
From an article by the Marriage Foundation
Breathe 492
'Just Breathe'
A film made after a 5-year-old talked with his friend about learning how emotions affect different parts of the brain, and how to calm down by taking deep breaths. More ...
From a video by Wavecrest Films
Katwe 492
Raising aspirations
Why are positive role models considered powerful? An experiment in Uganda goes some way towards answering this question. More ...
From an article by the World Bank
Microschools 492
Micro-society schools 
With MicroSociety, school is society, a thriving, modern-day, mini-metropolis—complete with a government centre, entrepreneurial hub, non-profit organizations, consumer marketplace and community gathering spaces. More ...
Geoff Knott
ACE Aware 492
Stories of resilience 
Over the past 18 months, some charities in Scotland working in partnership with churches have been running a remarkable campaign to help make Scotland the first Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Aware nation in the world. More ...
Geoff Knott
Disconnect 492
Breaking the silence on child abuse
Nobody really knows how many adults were abused as children, either sexually, physically or emotionally. The devastating long-term impact of child abuse is only beginning to be widely understood. More ...
From a guest blog by Tony Thompson
gardener 492
Are you a gardener or a carpenter?
Caring deeply about our children is part of what makes us human. Do we shape them like a carpenter or create a protected and nurturing space for them to flourish as in a garden? More ...
From a book review of The Gardener and the Carpent
resilience 2 492
How to be a resilient parent 
Numerous researchers have concluded that how parents respond to stressors is much more important than the stressor itself in determining the outcomes for themselves and their children. More ...
From a study by Center of the Study of Social Poli
Wellbeing 492
Six things about resilience and wellbeing 
Lessons learned in improving resilience and emotional wellbeing in answer to the question, "Could life be more than just a struggle to keep my head above water?". More ...
From a blog by Mind and Soul Foundation
Family 492
Being truly present with our families 
Constitutive of a happy and satisfied life is living in the presence of those we love. Consistently. More ...
From a blog by Bacon from Acorns
Reading 2 492
The value to a family of reading
Reading aloud has been found to be significantly beneficial to both children and their parents. More ...
From an article by CNN
glass 492
Becoming a trauma sensitive school 
Beacon House have a great list of resources on their website as recommended to them by teachers, parents and mental health professionals. More ...
Geoff Knott
quarrel 492
Fostering empathy in children 
It’s easy to ask children of any age to apologise, and preparing children to understand why apologies matter is a crucial part of their development. More ...
From a blog by Famly
ONS 492
Children’s well-being and social relationships, UK: 2018 
Children’s well-being is an important part of the nation’s well-being. Childhood sets the foundation for a well-functioning and healthy adulthood. More ...
From an article by ONS
NQA 492
No Questions Asked 
Youthscape study discovers a profound lack of questioning around God, faith and religion among the young people they spoke to. More ...
From a report by Youthscape
Spear 492
The Spear programme helps 16-24-year-olds,who are not in education, employment or training, into work or training in partnership with employers. More ...
Geoff Knott
Dog 492
The effect of a dog in school 
A comfort dog is a counselling support. They possess the two most important qualities of an effective social worker or counsellor--unconditional acceptance and warmth. More ...
Geoff Knott
Mother 1 492
Community mothers 
How do you reach migrant families that stretched social services do not have time to relate to? Berlin trains unemployed mothers that are long-established in Germany but are themselves from immigrant backgrounds. More ...
From a blog by Apolitical
red flag 492
Relationship red flags 
Six warning signs that indicate a relationship is in trouble and that are particularly important to root out before they do permanent damage. More ...
From a blog by The Institute of Family Studies
Families 492
2018 Modern Families Index 
A significant proportion of UK’s working parents are struggling to cope with long work hours – and stalling and downshifting their careers for family life. More ...
From a report by Working Families and Bright Horiz
Bullying 492
Bullying insights
Early childhood settings provide an opportunity for educators to effectively prevent and stop the emergence of bullying behaviour and to foster the development of positive social interactions. More ...
From a report by PromotePrevent
Yondr 492
Yondr - helping to live phone-free 
The effect on school campuses has been dramatic; increased attention, more socialising, better grades and lower number of discipline issues. More ...
Geoff Knott
Apprentice 492
Children’s or Youth Work Apprenticeships 
An option for children and youth workers? The Government part-fund costs and the apprentice must receive training towards vocational qualifications. More ...
Parents toddlers 492
Reasons to prioritise Early Years
Early Years development is at the heart of social mobility. The reasons underscore the importance of focusing on ideas and interventions that can impact child outcomes as soon as possible. More ...
From a blog by Nesta
Window 492
Window of tolerance 
An insightful video by Beacon House which explains how a child with many adverse childhood experiences swings from fight/flight to freeze/collapse; and what adults can do to help More ...
A video from Beacon House
Kindness 1 492
Can kindness be taught? 
Teaching kindness really does make a difference. Better behaviour, discipline rates down, inclusiveness up, grades up, student conflicts down, teacher-student relationship stronger. More ...
Geoff Knott
touch 492
The power of touch
Touch sends a powerful message – it can do and say much more than words ever could. More ...
Geoff Knott
Alike 492
The example we set for our children - how we choose to lead our lives - is much, much more important than what we say. More ...
From a video by Daniel Lara and Rafa Mendes
Family 492
Parents now spend twice as much time with their children as 50 years ago 
With the exception of France, parents these days spend a lot more time with their offspring - especially fathers. Britain is one of the leading countries. More ...
From an article in the Economist
Footprints 492
What makes families resilient? 
Children who know a lot about their family tend to be more resilient and therefore have better chances for good outcomes when faced with challenges. More ...
From research by Dr Marshall Duke
Divorce 2 492
Family breakdown - a major influence on teen mental health 
More than a third of children whose parents had split up reported poor mental health, compared to only a fifth with parents who were still together. More ...
From a report by The Marriage Foundation
school 492
Making the case for new school designs 
Our model of schooling is more than 100 years old and has barely changed in that time. 10 questions to help thinking. More ...
From a blog by The Innovation Unit
Teachers 492
Teachers - born to make a difference
Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be. More ...
From a Tedx talk by Rita Pearson
legal 492
Legislating to become trauma-informed
Information on policies aimed at reducing trauma and toxic stress and promoting resiliency and trauma-informed practices in institutions. More ...
Geoff Knott
Bully 492
Bullying Junior 
Each year approximately 30% of students worldwide are the target of bullying.  Lives are lost or forever changed. How can we challenge such behaviour? More ...
From material by No Bully
Waves 492
Far beyond the waves 
Charlotte and Gavin wait in hope to be parents, but are also aware that it might not happen. They trust God regardless of their disappointments.  More ...
From a video by CV
realworld 492
School and community needs as real-world catalysts for learning
By using real-world problems as projects for children to solve, a primary school empowers, engages, and excites students. More ...
From an article by Edutopia
Remerge 492
Reducing reoffending by keeping mothers and children together 
Diverting women from prison and keeping families together can save money and help break the intergenerational cycle of incarceration. More ...
From a blog by Pew Research
Language 492
Language as a child wellbeing indicator 
A report on how language development in early years links to social, emotional and learning outcomes in later years. More ...
Early Years Foundation
Reading 2 492
Creating a love of reading 
Research into role of mothers and fathers - different impact on development? More ...
From a blog by the University of Wollongong, NSW,
Treasure 492
A Therapeutic Treasure Box 
A book packed with tools, methods and suggestions that will be indispensable to therapists, parents and anyone working with traumatised kids. More ...
Geoff Knott
RJ 492
Restorative justice in schools 
Restorative justice programmes have had a measurable impact on school behaviour and educational outcomes. More ...
Geoff Knott
Reading 492
Increasing the time parents read to their children 
Nudges increased parental engagement, doubling reading time and benefiting children. More ...
Geoff Knott
Trauma 492
Becoming a trauma informed environment 
Research into Adverse Childhood Experiences has meant trauma-informed practices are rising globally in schools, prisons, etc. More ...
Geoff Knott
Parent report 492
What do parents hope and fear for their children? 
The Parent Report from Spurgeons Childrens Charity looks at parents’ hopes and concerns for their children and where they turn for help. More ...
Geoff Knott
Commission 492
Commission on Inequality in Education 
As well as factors including location, income, etc., the importance of parental engagement in education was assessed. More ...
Geoff Knott
XQ 492
Reimagining senior school 
In the USA, 13 schools in 11 cities are exploring new, innovative ways to engage students and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. More ...
Geoff Knott
Chain 492
Working with young women in prison 
Young female offenders and ex-offenders in particular are in desperate need of positive role models, new skills, new opportunities and new aspirations. More ...
Geoff Knott
Thanks 492
Counting your blessings improves mental health  
Recent evidence suggests if the practice of gratitude is added to counselling, it shows great psychological benefits. More ...
From research by Joel Wong and Joshua Brown, India
Streetplay 492
Street Play - communities brought together by kids playing in the road 
Closing a street for several hours, several times per year so that kids can play in the street and through that neighbours can meet each other. More ...
Geoff Knott
PREP 492
Within My/Our Reach - an opportunity to improve relationships 
Workshops birthed out of 30 years of research in the field of relationship health given to over 300,000 people. Results; lower divorce rates, better communication skills, reduction in violence. More ...
Geoff Knott
dads 492
Dads want to succeed as fathers but parent relationship needs to be strong
There is a narrative of absent fathers who had multiple children with different women and abandoned them. However, research on those fathers offers another, more uplifting story. More ...
Geoff Knott
baby 492
Voice for the voiceless 
What you won’t find in the news each day Is that five hundred babies were aborted in the UK Their silence in death matches our silence in life An inconvenience kept out of sight More ...
Geoff Knott
Pregnancy 492
10 myths about parenthood and mental health
NCT have debunked popular myths and misconceptions about mental health as related to pregnancy and early years parenting. More ...
From an article by NCT
GenZ 492
Gen Z: Rethinking Culture 
Research on youth culture to help to understand how to connect effectively with today’s young people and share the good news of Jesus. More ...
From research by Youth for Christ
ollie 492
Ollie's story 
200,000 children are affected by parental imprisonment each year. Here is the story of one of them. More ...
From a video by PACT
raki 492
Random App of Kindness 
Is it possible, through an app, to teach children empathy? Early results promising.. More ...
Geoff Knott
kindness 492
Children's books that encourage kindness towards others 
Kindness is one of the most important character traits and books can help show the best ways to be kind to others or why kindness matters. More ...
Geoff Knott
8 things to remember about child development 
Harvard University's Centre for the Developing Child has published a list of key findings about aspects of early child development. More ...
From an article by Harvard University's Centre for
Safe Families 492
Safe Families for Children 
Helps stop children being taken into care. Instead they are placed temporarily with volunteer Host Families, mostly from churches. More ...
Geoff Knott
Lets Talk 492
Let's Talk 
Short videos and education packs that encourage conversations about key mental health topics. More ...
Geoff Knott
Life 492
The Beginning of Life 
This beautiful film, supported by UNICEF, explores the impact of a child’s early environment on their cognitive, social and emotional development. More ...
Geoff Knott
CoS 492
Circle of Security 
An early intervention programme about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. More ...
Geoff Knott
selfharm 492
A Parent’s Guide to Self-harm 
Selfharm UK have published 'A Parent’s Guide to Self-harm' and an article 'Ten Top Tips for Parents of Children who Self-Harm'. More ...
From an article by Selfharm UK
father 492
Fatherhood: the impact of fathers on children’s mental health 
From pregnancy and early years through to adolescence, fathers are a major influence on a child’s emotional and behavioural health. More ...
From a report by the Centre for Mental Health
Grandparents 492
Grandparents and children - two-way benefits?
We intuitively know that grandparents contribute to children's wellbeing but what are those benefits and are there reciprocal ones to grandparents? More ...
Geoff Knott
Creativity 492
Encouraging creativity 
Creativity is very relevant to the way people work and also discovering who you are - what interests you and what could be your vocation. More ...
Geoff Knott
Shelter 492
Books that help children understand migrant and refugee experiences 
A great resource to help get children focusing on identity, belonging, conflict, migrant and refugee experiences - helping them make sense of the world around us and our place in it. More ...
From an article by The Centre for Literacy in Prim
emotions 492
Teaching children about emotions 
Helping children to understand and manage their emotions is a key to their future health and development. More ...
Geoff Knott
mother 492
The things I would tell myself before I had children 
Emi Watson is a mum of two and a Digital Advertising Sales Manager. In this extract from her blog on the Mental Health Foundation website, she reflects on the changes she has experienced since becoming a mum. More ...
From the Mental Health Foundation
zeroto3 492
The 'Missing' First Year?
While parents have a general understanding that what happens in a child’s early years can last a lifetime, many don’t realize at what age babies and toddlers can begin to feel complex emotions. More ...
Geoff Knott
LearntoLead 492
Empowering the young to lead
Learn to Lead - a programme for youngsters that takes engagement to a new level. Applicable to church children and youthwork? More ...
Geoff Knott
Limited 492
Forecasting which children will cost society the most 
20% of the population accounts for the lion’s share of social costs such as crime and welfare dependence as adults. Can we predict at age 3 and intervene? More ...
From research by King’s College London, Duke Unive
people 492
Higher levels of education do not mean higher levels of tolerance 
Education is said to make people more tolerant by enhancing their knowledge and reasoning skills. As the generations become better educated and enlightened, does society become more tolerant? More ...
From an article by Jan Janmaat, UCL
We are family 492
We are Family: the changing face of family ministry
How is the Church working with families today? What does this ministry look like? What training and resources are available for those working in this field? More ...
From research by CGMC and The Methodist Church
resilience 1 492
10 tips for building resilience in children and teens 
Building resilience — the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress — can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. More ...
From a guide by the American Psychological Associa
easypeasy 492
EasyPeasy - learning through play, every day 
Nearly half of children arrive at school ‘not ready to learn’. EasyPeasy is an app for parents to use that supports learning through play at home and shows significant improvement in school readiness skills. More ...
Geoff Knott
EIF Cost 492
£17bn per year - the cost of late intervention
Results of research of the costs of ‘late intervention’: the acute, statutory and essential benefits and services that are required when children and young people experience significant but preventable difficulties in life. More ...
From a report by EI Foundation
working parents 492
How families are combining work and family life
Earlier this year, Working Families published their 3rd Modern Families Index - a snapshot of family life in the UK today. In particular, it focuses on how families combine work and family life. More ...
Working Families
Mate 492
Adverse Childhood Experiences - a doctor's story
Gabor Maté has worked worked in a palliative care and in an area challenged by hard core addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. He talks about the importance of early years' development. More ...
From a talk by Gabor Maté
sulky child 492
5 steps of emotion coaching to help child development 
Successful parents tend to do 5 very simple things with their children when they were emotional. Children who had “Emotion Coaches” for parents were on a more positive developmental trajectory. More ...
Geoff Knott
Village 1 492
The Village
This is the story of a remarkable village in Luquan, Kunming which has taken 166 special needs children from the Kunming orphanage into their families. A picture of God adopting us. More ...
From a video by Care for Children
adoption 492
Home for Good - a home for every child that needs one
Sunday 6th November 2016 is Adoption Sunday. It is an opportunity each year for the Church to share the good news of our adoption into God’s family and to respond to the needs of young people in the UK care system. More ...
From Home for Good
What to expect when 492
What to expect, when?
A simple guide which takes parents of 0-5 year olds through the expectations of each age band and how they can support their children’s learning and development. More ...
A publication of 4Children
Parenting Styles 492
Four Styles of Parenting 
Developmental psychologists have identified four parenting styles and all have different impacts on children; Authoritarian, Authoritative, Permissive, Uninvolved. What is impact on children? More ...
From an article by Kendra Cherry
Resilience 492
How a community becomes trauma-informed
A few weeks back, I wrote about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the effect they have on adult health including mental illness, doing time in prison, and work issues, such as absenteeism. More ...
Geoff Knott
encourage 492
'You'll either be a millionaire or locked up.'
We can all encourage youngsters as they grow up and that can, without you knowing, have a great affect on their future. To illustrate this, here are two stories: More ...
Geoff Knott
Mindset 492
Why mindset matters
A fixed mindset believes intelligence is static which leads to children not achieving their potential. A growth mindset on the other hand believes that intelligence can be developed and leads to higher levels of achievement. More ...
Geoff Knott
VCS 492
Private schools helping primaries in deprived areas  
In Silicon Valley, California, there is a very high achieving set of schools – Valley Christian Schools. They have linked with a primary school in a local area where there are lots of social issues. The results in this primary school have risen More ...
Geoff Knott
Village 492
Where is the village?
It is said that it takes a village to raise a child, but where is that village today? Bill Milliken, now 75, reflects on lessons he has learnt from helping troubled students in the USA stay in school, graduate, and succeed in life. More ...
From a talk by Bill Milliken, co-founder Communiti
Mum and child playing 492
Three resources for parents of toddlers
Free downloadable resources for you to give away in your community to parents of 1-5's and advertise your parent and toddler group based on resources of SKIP, a community campaign in New Zealand. More ...
Geoff Knott
Parents and baby 492
Three resources for expectant and new parents
Free downloadable resources for you to give away in your community to expectant or new parents and advertise your parent group, based on resources of SKIP, a community campaign in New Zealand. More ...
Geoff Knott
money and marriage 492
The marriage gap between rich and poor parents 
The Marriage Foundation has found that a marriage gap between rich and poor parents exists throughout Europe, contrasting marriage rates between top and bottom income quintiles. More ...
From a briefing paper by The Marriage Foundation
Art 492
Key factor that predicts community involvement
A study in 2013 found that attending cultural or sports events was the largest predictor of civic engagement. Young people who said they went "often" to theatre, ballet, classical concerts, museums, galleries or sports events More ...
Geoff Knott
Refugee youth club 492
Youth club for young refugees and asylum seekers
An example of a church which started a youth venture among vulnerable young refugees and asylum seekers. "Once the basic needs are provided for [by the authorities], their other needs take a back seat. More ...
Geoff Knott
ACE 492
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and future health
A multi-year survey of 17000 patients looked at their health and also asked what childhood traumas they had experienced. When the doctor conducting the research first saw the results, he was stunned. “I wept,” he says. More ...
Geoff Knott
Ragged School 492
John Pounds, Thomas Guthrie, Thomas Cranfield
A cobbler, a minister, a tailor. Men of faith who started teaching poor children in the late 18th/early 19th century that led to a revolution in the British education system. More ...
Geoff Knott
Mental Health 492
Resources for youth mental health
"Some people with mental health problems today are almost guaranteed to live a life in poverty. And the number of people who suffer from poor mental health is larger than you might think." More ...
Geoff Knott
Parents 492
Wide division in building good childhood foundations in high-low socio-economic families
"Social mobility begins in the home. Parenting has not received the attention it deserves. Parents provide the foundations for children’s progress in later life" More ...
Geoff Knott
helping children succeed 492
Help children by helping their parents
In 1986, in a few of the poorest neighborhoods in Kingston, Jamaica, researchers held an experiment that has done a great deal to change our thinking about how to help children succeed. Its message: Help children by supporting and coaching their parents. More ...
From an essay by Paul Tough, author
Children in care 492
Too many children in care ending up behind bars 
An independent review, established by Prison Reform Trust. Around half of the 1,000 children currently in custody in England and Wales have experience of the care system. This is despite fewer than 1% of all children in England More ...
An independent review Prison Reform Trust
Parental Relationships and Chi
The effect of inter-parental relationships on children
The quality of the inter-parental relationship, specifically how parents communicate and relate to each other, is increasingly recognised as a primary influence on effective parenting practices and More ...
Professor Gordon Harold and Dr. Ruth Sellers
Afterschool club 492
After-school clubs help poorer primary school pupils to get ahead
Taking part in after-school clubs can give primary school children from poorer families a boost in academic performance and provide them with important social skills. According to a new working paper More ...
From article-Emily Tanner NatCen Social Research
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The opportunity of work experience and community service
Why do university educated, professional classes continue to move ahead while those at the bottom can remain stuck? What can we do about the advantages that are lacking? More ...
Geoff Knott
education 492
6 resources to help with education
When the Life Chances initiative was launched in January 2016 to help the poorest children in the country, one of the 4 areas of focus was education. Many churches are already involved in giving assemblies, etc., but what might be extensions More ...
Geoff Knott
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Lifesavers - financial education and savings clubs
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Task Group and pfeg, the Personal Finance Education Group are rolling out LifeSavers, a national financial education programme for primary schools. Could you register a primary school you are involved with? More ...
Geoff Knott
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School Kit - for parents to help their kids get the best out of school
TLG have just launched a video-based course called School Kit. School can often present challenges to children and to parents. School Kit brings together the experiences of lots of parents and unpacks More ...
Geoff Knott
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6 resources to help relationships - families and early years
In my last blog about this subject, we looked at resources that could be helpful in developing good parenting for early years. In this one, let's look at resources that churches can use to help relationships. More ...
Geoff Knott
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11 resources for parenting - families and early years
"Families are the best anti-poverty measure ever invented. They are a welfare, education and counselling system all wrapped up into one. Children in families that break apart are more than twice as likely to More ...
Geoff Knott
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