Reports, research & surveys

Here's a list of reports, research & surveys you might find helpful.  

24th April 2019

The Next Generation

... how intergenerational interaction improves life chances of children and young people

Report from United for All Ages looks at the important benefits of bringing generations together. Key recommendations include:

  1. Every nursery, childminder, parent/toddler group and children’s centre should link with a local older people’s care home or housing scheme – and vice versa

  2. Every primary and secondary school should involve and engage with older people in their community – from hosting older volunteers and services to linking with care providers

  3. Every community should explore opportunities to develop places where younger and older people can mix and share activities and experiences – creating 500 centres for all ages by 2023

  4. Every local authority should develop a strategy for building communities for all ages where meaningful mixing is part of everyday life – involving local people and providers

  5. Every children’s and young people’s charity and community organisation should look at how to solve tough issues facing the next generation through intergenerational projects

  6. Funders should support projects that promote positive relationships building trust and understanding between younger and older people – working with the media to rid Britain of ageism

  7. Investors should look outside the box of age-related silos to invest in imaginative co-located care, learning and housing schemes that bring younger and older people together

  8. Government should support and promote mixing between different generations through intergenerational care, learning and housing, explaining why it’s key to creating better services, stronger communities, a stronger Britain and an end to ageism

26th February 2019

Faith in the Nexus

Interim report from Faith in the Nexus, a research project looking at ways in which schools can/are connecting with families and churches. Key questions emerging from the research include:


  • In what ways can church primary schools increase the confidence with which families support children’s exploration of faith and spiritual dimension of life?

  • How can religious education and worship in school to include opportunities to support school families and staff?

  • What is required to enable church and church primary school relationships to be sustainable?

  • How can the local Christian community nurture church school families, particularly in areas of socio-economic deprivation?

  • What does the concept of church mean to church school families?

26th February 2019

Playfully Serious

Church Army Research into Messy Church 

This research has discovered evidence to CELEBRATE

  • Messy Church is reaching families who are new to church

  • Messy Church is growing disciples

  • Messy Church is modelling new patterns of leadership

  • Messy Churches are developing and maturing as church

Ongoing CHALLENGES exist around how

  • Messy Church leaders are over-stretched and under-supported

  • Messy Churches can find creating a culture of discipleship demanding

  • Messy Churches are often vulnerable and under-resourced

  • Messy Churches live with ambiguity over what it means to be church


So what MORE has been learned?

  • Being intentional about discipleship is important

  • Meeting more frequently is not necessarily ‘the’ answer

  • Real community is messy

20th September 2018

Girls' Attitude Survey 2018

Girl-guiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. They have 100,000 volunteers who work to make a positive difference in girls and young women’s lives giving them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. Find out more about their annual research into girls and young women’s views on subjects ranging from education to personal safety and wellbeing. Fascinating reading!

31st August 2018

Good Childhood Report 2018


The Children's Society has just published the Good Childhood Report for 2018. Findings include:

  • Pressure to fit in with society's expectations is making children unhappy

  • Alarming numbers of children are self-harming

  • Non-stop comments about appearance are harmful to girls' well-being

  • Outdated gender stereotypes are damaging to boys' and girls' happiness

  • Family relationships are particularly important for girls

Access the report summary here - including its helpful advice for parents.

21st August 2018

Kin & Country

Growing up as a child in the armed forces

“For me, when you’re older it’s not so much about making new friends, it’s about the potential for messing up your life” – child’s view of childhood in the armed forces. Full report from the children’s commissioner.

9th August 2018

Childhood Vulnerability - 2018 Report

The Children’s Commissioner has published her 2018 report into Childhood Vulnerability. The headlines are:


  • 2.1 million children in England – one in six – are living vulnerable lives due to complex family circumstances. 

  • 1.6 million ‘invisible’ children are living in vulnerable situations but receiving no known support or help from the system.

  • Report estimates 825,000 children are living in a family with domestic violence and that over 100,000 children are living in a family with the so-called ‘toxic trio’ of domestic violence, mental health and alcohol or substance abuse.

The report estimates that 2.1 million of England’s 11.8 million children – one in six – are living in families with risks so serious that they need some level of help. The study also warns that for 1.6 million of those vulnerable children, the support is effectively ‘invisible’ – we don’t know if they are actually getting any coordinated help, despite the difficulties they are growing up with. Some of the risks these children face include parents with mental health problems or parents who are alcoholics or have substance abuse problems. The 2.1 million children growing up in families with these complex needs includes:

  • 890,000 children with parents suffering serious mental health problems

  • 825,000 children living in homes with domestic violence

  • 470,000 children whose parents use substances problematically

  • 100,000 children who are living in a family with a “toxic trio” (mental health problems, domestic violence and alcohol and/or substance abuse)

  • 470,000 children living in material deprivation

  • 170,000 children who care for their parents or siblings


​Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, responding to the report, said:

“Over a million of the most vulnerable children in England cannot meet their own ambitions because they are being let down by a system that doesn’t recognise or support them – a system that too often leaves them and their families to fend for themselves until crisis point is reached."

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Steve Kersys

Children's & Families Adviser, Diocese of Chelmsford

07541 240607


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