This article looks at the issue of programmes that work with perpetrators of domestic violence, considering approaches used and the limitations of research. This includes a study of feminist theory; and the general conclusion that more evidence-based studies are needed.

Despite the major public health and clinical impact of domestic violence and abuse, the response of health care professionals to women experiencing domestic abuse is often poorly informed and inappropriate. This systematic review looks at educational and structural or whole-system interventions that aim to improve professionals' understanding of, and response to, survivors and their children.

Evaluation of Growing Futures: Research Report

By Deanne Mitchell |

30 April 2019

This study is an evaluation of the Growing Futures programme carried out by researchers at the University of Central Lancashire for the Department of Education.

This study looked at children's lived experiences of domestic violence and coercive control, and considers whether understanding them as direct victims might have implications for support services, including social care, mental health support and legal protection.

Local authorities in England and Wales have a legal duty to report annually to central government on looked-after children's psychological wellbeing and academic attainment but this duty ends once children are adopted. Researchers from Cardiff University wanted to fill this gap in understanding of how young people adopted from the care system perform at school, looking at their wellbeing and aspirations around work and education.

Shared Picture Book Reading and Language Development

By The Early Intervention Foundation |

26 March 2019

Training parents to share picture books with their children has long been seen as a strategy to support development through scaffolding early cognition and language development.

Post-natal depression (PND) is estimated to affect 10-15 per cent of women in high-income countries, with higher rates in low- and middle-income countries.

The Impact of Neglect on Brain Development

By The Early Intervention Foundation |

26 March 2019

Johanna Bick and Charles A. Nelson's 2017 paper provides a concise and accessible introduction to some of the main theories in brain development, prominent studies that have increased our understanding of the impact of early experiences on the brain, and research that indicates some of the most promising ways to ameliorate the impact of early adversity.

Supporting Parents and Infants Through the Healthy Child Programme

By The Early Intervention Foundation |

26 March 2019

This is a comprehensive review of the latest evidence of relevance to the Healthy Child Programme.

Researchers at the University of Oxford analysed data from the National Pupil Database for all pupils in England aged five to 16, between 2005 and 2016, to find out which ethnic groups were disproportionally represented in groups of children with SEN, and which types of SEN this applied to.