Children and Families
Treating and preventing adolescent obesity
This briefing paper examines adolescent obesity in Britain. It explores trends in obesity rates, their drivers and policy options for improving adolescent health outcomes and reducing the substantial societal costs of adolescent obesity and its frequent persistence into adulthood.
|Published:||13 December 2021|
|Author(s):||Scott Corfe, Jake Shepherd, Linus Pardoe|
Baby bust and baby boom: Examining the liberal case for pronatalism
This briefing paper considers the liberal case for explicitly ‘pronatalist’ policies that aim to increase the birth rate in the UK.
|Published:||20 September 2021|
|Author(s):||Scott Corfe, Aveek Bhattacharya|
Fostering the future: Recruiting and retaining more foster carers
This report, the second in a series on reforming the foster care system sponsored by the Hadley Trust, seeks to understand the reasons why carers leave the foster care system and what steps could be taken to attract more people into fostering.
|Published:||29 August 2021|
Fostering the future: Helping local authorities to fulfil their legal duties
This report is the first of two papers looking at how to improve the system of foster care in England. It explores current and future challenges surrounding the provision of appropriate foster care placements that meet the needs of some of society's most vulnerable children.
|Published:||25 June 2021|
Time to think again: disability benefits and support after COVID-19
The benefits system for disabled people, and the support that accompanies it, are broken. This report shows that across a range of metrics, the system is failing disabled people and their families and communities.
|Published:||24 February 2021|
Give me money (That’s what I want): The case for cash benchmarking
Key points ‘Cash benchmarking’ practices have become common in poorer countries in recent years and used by development agencies to compare programme outcomes against the alternative of giving people cash...
|Published:||01 February 2021|
Measuring and mitigating child hunger in the UK
This report provides survey data and modelled analysis of food insecurity in the UK. It follows high profile campaigns from the footballer Marcus Rashford which have expressed concern over child hunger during the coronavirus pandemic.
|Published:||09 December 2020|
|Author(s):||Aveek Bhattacharya, Jake Shepherd|
Looked After Children the Silent Crisis Update
This Social Market Foundation (SMF) update assesses the current standard of care provision for looked-after children in England.
|Published:||12 August 2019|
SMF Briefing: Choosing to succeed – Do parents pick the right schools?
Drawing on new data from the Millennium Cohort Study, this briefing provides evidence that academic quality is far from the main driver in parental choice of schools, particularly among low income households.
|Published:||16 January 2015|