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Social Services Minister Scott Morrison announces that a A$3.5 billion child-care subsidy will begin from July 1 2017 if the Senate passes previously rejected Family Tax Benefit savings. AAP/Paul Miller

Focus on working parents misses true value of universal early childhood services

Lost in the political debate about subsidising child care is the fact that universal free preschool care has been abandoned as a goal of good social policy.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Social Services Minister Scott Morrison hope the government’s childcare policy will encourage more Australians to enter or re-enter the workforce. Paul Miller/AAP

Childcare package neither bold or sustainable

Making the case for subsidising childcare is not as simple as it might seem, and the government's new childcare package may not pay for itself.
Stalled. JMicic/Shutterstock

We’re simply having an analogue Christmas time

The British Christmas that Charles Dickens serves up to us is rich in food and warmth, two things that in his day were often thinly stretched throughout the year in many homes. These days, for most of…
Happy parenting won’t necessarily get you into Oxbridge. Parenting via Goodluz/Shutterstock

Parenting is not the key to tackling inequality

Britain is quickly turning into a nation characterised by an obscene and unsustainable wealth gap, according to a new report on social mobility. Yet behind the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s…
Very little we say in the policy room can contain the enormous complexity of family life. Kitty DuKane

The ‘perfect family’ has created an ethical and moral vacuum

Whether we’re reading about family studies research in Women’s Day , Scientific American or the Journal of GLBT Family Studies, most of us look for evidence that will help us understand where we sit along…
David Cameron puts families first. As long as they’ve got money in the bank. MIgrants' rights network

Family-first’ government tears couples apart with visa rules

David Cameron has pledged to put families at the heart of his government with a focus on policies that help those most in need. But his rhetoric is rank hypocrisy. While the prime minister claims to put…
Fathers stick around if they can afford to. Orlando Rob

Hard evidence: what sort of people are absent fathers?

Since the 1970s, family life in the UK has changed dramatically. Increases in relationship breakdown, remarriage and repartnering have seen us move away from the traditional, two-parent nuclear family…

A greater divide in US family stability

American families are taking much more divergent paths, according to a new study from the Ohio State University. Based on…
Daniel Pelka suffered horrific abuse at the hands of his parents. West Midlands Police/PA Wire

Daniel Pelka death shows how hard child protection can be

The horrific neglect and subsequent death of Daniel Pelka at the hands of his mother and step-father raises a number of questions about safeguarding procedures and practice. We are told teachers were concerned…
Social workers are quick to be blamed when things go wrong. PA/John Stillwell

I don’t like the idea of a nasty social worker - do you?

Social workers have one of the most difficult jobs to do. Imagine juggling several cases involving children at risk in their own home at the same time - and making decisions that could affect those children…
Mining workers suffer a significant toll from the hours they work. AAP/Wesfarmers

Mine workers and their families suffer the toll of shift work

The shifts worked by mining and energy employees are detrimental to sleep patterns, mental health and family life, the preliminary…

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