Discussion 4: Evidence gaps: What do we want/need to know?
Key points from discussion
- Important not to generalise
- Statistics can hide issues
- Need more qualitative research
Q1. What further information needs to be gathered about families in Scotland?
Priority! In work poverty - working families still in poverty
- part time work
- low paid work
- zero hours contracts
Q2. What more information do we need to support families affected by disability, families affected by imprisonment, blended families?
- Families affected by imprisonment - half of all prisoners have children
- What support do they need
- Where are the children?
- What % of prisoners maintain contact?
- What is the impact on children?
- Cohabitation - can't rely on marriage/divorce figures for information on relationships
- Relation support - why is it 5 years for cohabiting couple and 10 years for married couple? Qualitative research required
- Blended families - important not to generalise the statistics
- Same sex couples
- Young carers - more about children caring for a parent, what is the service provision for these children?
- Parents with a disability or mental health problem - is there a greater chance of children being 'looked after'?
- Families affected by disability - accessibility of services including rural areas, transport is key
- Issues relating to transition to 'adult' services - drop off in services