|Helping workless families break the cycle of disadvantage|
Research shows the profound impact that parents who are workless, and experiencing a range of associated problems, can have on children’s chances of success.
The new analysis shows children in workless families are almost twice as likely to not reach the expected level at all stages of their education. Three quarters of children from families where no one works failed to reach the expected level at GCSE, compared to around half of children in lower-income working families.
An estimated 300,000 workless families are potentially affected by conflict between parents. Research also suggests that children’s emotional, behavioural and educational success are strongly influenced by their parents’ relationship.
Children whose parents are in long-term, unresolved conflict with one another – whether or not their parents are together – are less likely to do well in school and in adulthood. A child is also more likely to do well if they have a close, supportive relationship with their father and this is made more difficult when separated parents are in conflict. Only half of children in separated families see their non-resident parent every fortnight or more.To help address one of these root causes of disadvantage, the government has announced an innovative new programme, backed by £30m, to help parents resolve conflict and improve children’s chances of succeeding in life.