Employability and disadvantaged parents: the case of working for families

McQuaid, Ronald W, Fuertes, Vanesa and Bond, Sue (2008) Employability and disadvantaged parents: the case of working for families. In: ERSA Conference, 27th - 31st August 2008, Liverpool.

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Parents who are disadvantaged in terms of being lone parents or living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods have particular problems getting into work, training or post-secondary education. The Scottish Government set up a �50 million (�75m) programme over four years called Working for Families Fund. This is intended to develop services to help people in disadvantaged areas who find childcare a barrier to employment or training. The money is targeted at parents who are on low incomes, lone parents and families who are vulnerable due to, for example, disability, mental health or substance abuse problems. Over 20,000 parents have taken part in the programme and this paper considers those factors that are associated with their employability. Following logistic regression modelling, it was found that some factors of particular importance are educational levels of parents, numbers of and disabilities of children, and the location they live in.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: employability; disadvantaged parents; working families; Working for families fund; logistic regression modelling; disability; socially excluded; lone parents; poverty;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 361 Social problems & social welfare in general
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Item ID: 2751
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2009 09:57
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2014 12:19

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