The experiences of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in and leaving the out-of-home care system in the UK and Australia – A critical review of the literature

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people are a particularly vulnerable group. This paper, by Larissa Barrie and Philip Mendes, examines the existing literature on this group of children and young people in and leaving out-of-home care in the UK and Australia, and compares and contrasts their experiences. Attention is drawn to legislation, policies and programmes … [Read More] The experiences of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in and leaving the out-of-home care system in the UK and Australia – A critical review of the literature

Thirteen ways of looking at poverty (US)

ABSTRACT This factsheet presents a quick overview of recent cross-cutting Urban Institute research on poverty, including 13 key points on poverty’s effects on immigration, health care, children, infants with depressed mothers, employment, assets, and neighborhoods. One in an occasional series of “Thirteen Ways” factsheets. SOURCE:  The Urban Institute, 16 Feb 2011 Link to website

Local economic decline – causes and responses (UK)

All governments are concerned with tackling the problems of areas that experience sustained decline and underperformance. In the UK, several factors have combined to raise profound questions about future government policy in this area. First, it is becoming increasingly clear that the recession has impacted on different places in different ways. Some places have emerged … [Read More] Local economic decline – causes and responses (UK)

Failure of European public employment services

ABSTRACT The paper explains why across Europe very few job matches are facilitated by public employment services (PES), looking at the existence of a double-sided asymmetric information problem on the labour market. It is argued that although a PES potentially reduces search costs, both employers and employees have strong incentives not to use the PES. … [Read More] Failure of European public employment services

Participation in volunteering/unpaid work in Europe

This study provides empirical evidence on volunteering and unpaid work activities in the European Union. The definition of volunteering is challenging, particularly in a cross-country comparison. A clear distinction between formal and informal volunteering is desirable but difficult to achieve, given that traditions and perceptions in the Member States are diverse. This study focuses on … [Read More] Participation in volunteering/unpaid work in Europe

Bowen begins the rehabilitation of multiculturalism

THE federal government has firmly re-embraced multiculturalism in a key speech by Immigration Minister Chris Bowen tackling voter fear of Islamic extremism and outlining a new anti-racism strategy. In the midst of the furore over the government paying for asylum-seekers to attend family members’ funerals, Mr Bowen told the Sydney Institute last night it had … [Read More] Bowen begins the rehabilitation of multiculturalism

Social action and the role of public space (UK)

A new publication by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), supported by Groundwork UK, states that preserving public space is crucial for stimulating social action and realising the coalition government’s vision for the Big Society.  As prime minister David Cameron calls on Big Society to move from discussion to action, new research suggests that … [Read More] Social action and the role of public space (UK)

Demographic change and the environment (UK)

In 2009, the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution announced that it would investigate the environmental implications of demographic change, looking at the next forty years to 2050.The Commission chose to study this topic because although there may be a growing understanding of the ways in which the UK population is changing – and much thought … [Read More] Demographic change and the environment (UK)

Supply side liberation must include welfare reform (UK)

A programme for the liberation of the UK economy’s supply side must include an overhaul of the dysfunctional welfare system. The present system contains various poverty traps which create dependency and undermine aspirations. There are now 2.4m long-term (>2 years) recipients of out-of-work benefits. 17% of all working-age households have no member in paid work. … [Read More] Supply side liberation must include welfare reform (UK)

Linking schools and early years project evaluation – Data collection round 2

This is the second of two evaluation reports on the Linking Schools and Early Years Project (LSEY), which is being led by the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH), Murdoch Childrens Research Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital. The project is being funded by the R. E. Ross Trust, the Department of Education and Early … [Read More] Linking schools and early years project evaluation – Data collection round 2

Is there too much middle class welfare in Australia?

‘Middle class welfare’ has recently reemerged as an issue in Australian politics, primarily as a result of debates about how the Australian Government should fund infrastructure reconstruction following the floods in Queensland and Victoria. Criticisms of middle class welfare are often premised on the idea that it is a particular problem in Australia. But what … [Read More] Is there too much middle class welfare in Australia?

Starting right

Preschoolers need support and encouragement to make the move a positive experience. Big school can be a scary place. The buildings, grounds, children and teachers are huge through five-year-old eyes. Classrooms, toilets and routines are unfamiliar. And there can be additional pressures. Some children must take a bus to school; some have to attend before … [Read More] Starting right

Indigenous education – Challenge for change

Prominent educator Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney explains the challenges of change in Indigenous education. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities welcome the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) to assist in closing the gap between life outcomes of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. For similar reasons, many also welcome the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and … [Read More] Indigenous education – Challenge for change

Moving forward with the National Quality Framework

The Early Years Learning Framework is in place and the National Quality Framework (NQF), agreed by the Council of Australian Governments in December 2009, is being finalised. Components of the NQF are a National Quality Standard (with seven quality areas), a new rating system to complement the standard, a streamlined regulatory system and a new … [Read More] Moving forward with the National Quality Framework

Supporting women from CALD backgrounds who are victim/survivors of sexual violence – Challenges and opportunities for practitioners

 This Wrap aims to raise awareness of the circumstances of refugee and immigrant women who are survivors of sexual violence as they establish new lives in Australia – the lifetime journey that may haunt them, the continuing trauma they may suffer, and the personal and systemic barriers they meet in accessing support. SOURCE: Australian Institute … [Read More] Supporting women from CALD backgrounds who are victim/survivors of sexual violence – Challenges and opportunities for practitioners

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