I Think There’s Only One ‘Policy Intervention’ Required, Isn’t There?

More than one in four youngsters in the UK are growing up in families facing multiple challenges such as parental depression and financial hardship, according to new research.

Ah, I guess this is the new, politically correct term for ‘dysfunctional’ or ‘problem’ families.

It’s a nice, cosy term, isn’t it? It implies that these ‘challenges’ are totally outside the family themselves, and outside their control. Just acts of god, really.

So, what sort of ‘challenges’ are we talking about?

The 10 risk factors considered were living in overcrowded housing; having a teenage mother; having one or more parents with depression, or a physical disability, or low basic skills; substance misuse; excessive alcohol intake; living in a family experiencing financial stress, or worklessness or domestic violence.

Oh. I see.

The study’s authors also discovered that Bangladeshi children were most likely to be exposed to multiple family difficulties. Almost half of them (48%) experienced two or more risk factors – financial hardship was often one of them – compared to only 20% of Indian children.

Oh. I see again.

And the purpose of this survey? Well, of course, it’s to highlight what an ‘opportunity’ this is for government intervention:

The paper’s authors, Dr Ricardo Sabates, of the University of Sussex, and Professor Shirley Dex, of the Institute of Education, said the great diversity of risk-factor combinations complicated matters for policy-makers.

The Institute of Education, eh? Sounds a lot like the ‘Daily Mash’ invention, the ‘Institute for Studies’, doesn’t it?

Sadly, it’s real.

5 comments for “I Think There’s Only One ‘Policy Intervention’ Required, Isn’t There?

  1. February 15, 2012 at 10:35 am

    “The Institute of Education, eh? Sounds a lot like the ‘Daily Mash’ invention, the ‘Institute for Studies’, doesn’t it?”

    Popped into my mind too. Ten risk factors sounds like ten Brownie points to me.

    • February 16, 2012 at 5:50 am


  2. Ed P
    February 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Shouldn’t it be The Institute FOR Education? Or for Educational Studies perhaps?
    It’s not really very impressive when their title detracts from what should be one of their core concern, i.e., grammar.
    But why does it exist? A quick tour around Europe shows the UK lags behind in most metrics and tinkers too frequently (& detrimentally) with education, confusing teachers & pupils alike.

    PS: excuse my poor grammar – I wos UK edukatid.

    • February 18, 2012 at 7:02 am


  3. sovereigntea
    February 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    People should be aware of this travesty please spread the word it is unlikely that this will be picked up by the media.

    A brief synopsis of the Hollie Greig case can be found here

    Robert Green Imprisoned For 1 Year

    Robert received nine months for the alleged breach of the peace, and three months for breaking bail conditions.

    Elish Angiolini & Edward Bowen

    The UK Column is appalled by the decision of Sheriff Principle Edward Bowen to jail Robert Green today in what can only be described as a huge miscarriage of justice.

    Robert has been the leading campaigner in support of justice for Hollie Greig. The legal proceedings against him came as the result of his arrest for attempting to distribute leaflets while standing as a Parliamentary candidate in Aberdeen at the last General Election. Robert had been standing on the single issue of the alleged, uninvestigated, abuse of Hollie Greig while she was a child.

    Since his arrest, Robert has been subject to numerous breaches of his human rights, and repeated irregularities in the legal process, culminating in a trial presided over by a Sheriff with what seems to be a clear conflict if interest – the apparent friendship between Sheriff Bowen and Elish Angiolini. A complaint has already been lodged with the Judicial Office.

    Robert has clearly been imprisoned to send a message to everyone campaigning for Hollie.

    While we would like to express our concerns for Robert’s safety in a Scottish prison, we would also like to echo the sentiments of the Hollie Demands Justice campaign – this campaign will not be silenced through this type of blatant intimidation.

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