Scotland’s rise in human trafficking: a year on from the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:30:43 +0000
By Steven McGinty In June, the Scottish Government published its first annual progress report on their Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy. Introduced in May 2017, the strategy was a requirement of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 and set out how Scotland would achieve its target of having zero human trafficking. This included: […]
Top research resources for social care and social services
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 07:30:19 +0000
The news in June that the Government’s Green Paper on social care will now be delayed until the autumn (having already been deferred since 2017) brought sighs of weariness rather than real surprise from the sector. The recent focus on NHS funding, and the NHS’s 70th birthday, has also highlighted ongoing concerns that the funding […]
Ten years on from Byron – are children any safer online?
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 07:30:52 +0000
“The rapid pace at which new media are evolving has left adults and children stranded either side of a generational digital divide.” (Professor Tanya Byron, 2008) On examining the risks children face from the internet and video games, the Byron Review made 38 recommendations for the government, industry and families to work together to support […]
Why fewer Londoners are taking the tube: a transport researcher explains
Mon, 09 Jul 2018 07:30:16 +0000
This guest blog was written by Nicole Badstuber, Researcher in Urban Transport Governance at the Centre for Transport Studies, UCL. For the first time since 2008, the number of people using the world-famous London Underground – locally known as “the tube” – has fallen. After over two decades of long-term growth, passenger numbers are down […]
How to make people with learning disabilities feel more included in society
Wed, 04 Jul 2018 07:30:35 +0000
This guest blog was written by Val Williams, Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Bristol. People with learning disabilities can often find themselves feeling excluded when it comes to making decisions about their lives. This can range from everything, from shopping to making music or even bringing up a baby. Sometimes this exclusion […]
The private rented sector: meeting demand and improving data
Mon, 02 Jul 2018 07:30:51 +0000
The private rented sector (PRS) has grown recently, to become a more than significant part of the housing market in the UK. A shortfall in social housing availability, and extortionate deposit costs for first time buyers has meant that demand in the private sector has grown exponentially since the 1990s, the sector now taking in […]
It’s National Writing Day! But writing enjoyment is in decline, finds new survey
Wed, 27 Jun 2018 07:30:17 +0000
Today is National Writing Day, an annual celebration to inspire people across the UK to get writing. But this year’s annual literacy survey from the National Literacy Trust has found that children and young people’s enjoyment of writing and how often they write is in decline, suggesting that more action is needed to inspire this […]
A world of evidence … but can we trust that it is any good?
Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:30:10 +0000
What is good evidence? And how can policymakers and decisionmakers decide what is working and what isn’t, when it comes to deciding where public money is spent and how? These are the kinds of questions that models and tools such as randomised controlled trials and cost-benefit analysis attempt to answer. The government has also supported […]
Identity politics: despite concerns about disenfranchising voters, ID voting may be here to stay
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:30:58 +0000
With the exception of Northern Ireland, citizens voting in UK elections don’t usually need to verify that they are who they say they are. But in last month’s local elections, five areas in England piloted identity checks at polling stations. The trial followed a 2016 government-sponsored review of electoral fraud which recommended ID checks to […]
Protecting privacy in the aftermath of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 07:30:00 +0000
By Steven McGinty On 4 June, Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham told MEPs that she was ‘deeply concerned’ about the misuse of social media users’ data. She was speaking at the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) inquiry into the use of 87 million Facebook profiles by Cambridge Analytica and its […]