Our Reports

Here you can find all the reports which Family Lives have produced about topics such as aggression in children, bullying, truancy, and divorce and separation. 

  • Splitting up or staying together? - Making the right decision – with Family Lives and Relate

    Problems in a relationship don’t have to mean it will end. Talking to a Relate counsellor can help you share your feelings and decide whether the relationship can be saved. And if a split is inevitable or has already happened, Family Lives can help you think about what’s best for the whole family
  • Moving to secondary school - Supporting your child through the change to secondary school

    It may seem like yesterday that your child started primary school, but now secondary is looming. You may worry about choosing the right school, how you can help your child prepare and how to help them get the most out of secondary
  • Teenagers and risky behaviour- Getting through the teenage years together

    Having a teenager in the family can be tough. As a parent, you might feel that overnight your son or daughter has become sulky, bad tempered and seems to want to do nothing but shock you. But teenagers themselves may be feeling that they are going through a tough time too
  • Gangs, teenagers and your family - Support for you and your family

    Media reports about young people joining criminal gangs make it easy to believe this is widespread, which is not the reality according to the statistics of the number of young people actually caught up in gang membership
  • 6-18 months – From first tooth to first steps

    Being a new parent can be isolating – but there’s no need to be lonely. Getting out and about with your baby and meeting others builds a strong support network which can last through and beyond your baby’s pre-school years
  • Families – we’re here for you

    We have a strong presence in local communities: our offices are located across England. We offer tailored local services including drop-in sessions, face-to-face parenting courses, visits to schools and groups and workshops on specific issues like bullying, handling difficult behaviour or boosting children’s confidence.
  • Discipline- information and advice for parents and families

    Discipline is not about punishment. Ideally,it begins from the earliest stages in a child’s development with parents and adult carers helping children to understand what is right and wrong whilst creating a secure place from which to experiment and learn about life
  • Bullying - information and advice to support you and your child

    When children and young people talk about their experience of being bullied, they’re not talking about the give and take of normal socialisation. Many children are bullied for being ‘different’. It could be due to being tall, small, thin, fat, red-headed, clever or having a disability, special needs or because of gender, religion, sexuality or race.
  • Aggressive behaviour in children: parents’ experiences and needs (2008)

    This report explores the impact and possible causes of aggressive behaviour by children and young
  • When family life hurts: family experience of aggression in children (2011)

    Family Lives produced a comprehensive report on the experience of families suffering from aggressive behaviour in children in October 2010. This report is an update, reviewing Family Lives’ data from July
    2010 to June 2011 and updating the recommendations.
  • Girls and bullying (2006)

    Both academic research and the experiences of parents we have consulted emphasise that
    it is often very difficult to recognise bullying when done by girls. This report looks specifically at girls and bullying.
  • The impact of bullying: views of parents (2008)

    This report looks at a sample of 18,320 long calls taken by Parentline during the period April –
    September 2008 and looks in detail at a subset of 706 calls which concerned bullying as the primary
    reason for calling.
  • Dealing with the bullies: can parents prevent bullying behaviour?

    This report looks at some of the limited research that exists around the interaction between the bully and their family and makes the case for these families struggling with bullying behaviour needing
    additional support to stop bullying behaviour once and for all.
  • Family or friends? The influence of peers on young people (2007)

    The influence of friends on their children is a major concern to parents, particularly during
    the teenage years.
  • Risky behaviour and setting boundaries (2008)

    Parents have to deal with a multitude of challenges when their children become teenagers. This report looks at the particular problems parents face when they try to ensure that their teenagers and
    pre-teens stay safe.
  • Drugs and alcohol education report (2008)

    This research was conducted in the spring of 2008 to contribute to the government’s review
    of drugs and alcohol education.
  • Isolation and loneliness - “No more popping round the corner to talk to mum.” (2005)

    For this report we looked in depth at 18,000 calls from parents who indicated that lack of family support was the main reason for their isolation.
  • Guidance for Head Teachers and school staff: How to Support Pupils' Parents (2011)

    This guidance has been drawn up by Family Lives and Teacher Support Network
  • A new conversation with parents: how can schools inform and listen in a digital age?

    What do we want our kids to be learning at school and why – and who is best-placed to
    judge? Is it the Government, is it the employers who will decide whether to give them a job
    one day, is it the teachers that see them day in day out, the universities and colleges where
    young people will continue their education, their parents – or children themselves?
  • Combating truancy (2011)

    This report looks at statistics and information from Family Lives’ national helpline, Parentline, and
    reviews the literature and research evidence to examine what steps should be taken to reduce the
    numbers of children and young people persistently absent from school.
  • Beyond the school gate: how schools and families can work better together (2010)

    The importance of good schooling and parenting is well recognised, but the importance of how schools and families relate is much less understood.This report looks at the impact of the relationship between schools and families whichreaches far and wide, affecting wellbeing, behaviour and attainment.
  • Family friendly or failing families?

    A Family Lives highlight report on progress towards implementing flexible working practices for all families
  • Will they ever fly the nest? What parents say about living with young adults

    To find out more about what it is like for parents living with ‘grown up’ children, we have undertaken a series of consultations with parents, reviewed the issues parents of young adults call Parentline about, and carried out a literature review.
  • The impact of divorce and separation on families: views of Parentline Plus service users (2008)

    This report looks at the effects of divorce on separation on parents and their children
  • Eat your greens: what parents say about improving their family’s diet (2007)

    The importance of healthy eating, the emphasis on the growing numbers of obese children, the pressure to take more exercise are all high on the government's agenda for parents with the messages delivered via a plethora of public health campaigns.
  • Information, advice and support – a wish list from parents

    Parentline Plus is concerned that parents feel unjustified in asking for help and support,
    whatever level that may be, and seem only to ask for it when situations have reached crisis
    point, or are very deeply entrenched and parents feel helpless and hopeless. It was this
    overriding concern that led us to launch Just Ask 18 months ago. The campaign aims to
    persuade and encourage parents to use services when they need an extra helping hand.
  • How helping works: Towards a shared model of process (2006)

    This joint report between Family Lives, One Plus One and the Centre for Parent and Child Support aims to elaborate the basics of a conceptual framework about the processes of helping in order to
    support the huge development of work on parenting currently underway.
  • Both parents matter (2009)

    There is increasing policy interest in ensuring that services should specifically recognise
    and work with fathers, and a growing literature that explores the barriers to such work, as
    well as exploring the differences between the ways that men and women seek help.
  • Parenting behind closed doors (2005)

    This report looks at the stigma attached to seeking support and looks at how to persuade and
    encourage parents to use services when they need an extra helping hand.

How we can help you

If you would like support and advice, you can talk to one of our Family Support Workers through Live Chat, email us or call our confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222. Family Lives is here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can contact us about any family issue, big or small.

We listen, support and never judge.