For our latest factsheet on the UK family today, please click here. This overview contains statistical data on family structure, marriage and parenting participation.
Another useful resource is the ONS overview: Families and households in the UK.
Publication: Second Thoughts on the Family
- Anastasia de Waal, May 2008
Normal price £9.00 +£2.75p&p, pp.239
The premise of both New Labour and Conservative policy is that people not living in married two-parent families are choosing not to. This signifies positive diversity to Labour and a decline in family values to the Conservatives. Both miss a critical reality: Read more...
Publication: Family Policy, Family Changes: Sweden, Italy and Britain Compared
- Patricia Morgan, March 2006
Normal price £14.50, pp.£1.48
ISBN: 10 1-903386-43-8
A comparison of family policy and its implications for human happiness and the raising of children in Britain, Italy and Sweden.
- Anastasia de Waal, Daily Express, April 14, 2011
Less Significance Equals More Normal
- Anastasia de Waal, New York Times, November 18, 2010
Cutting teen pregnancy the Dutch way
- Anastasia de Waal, The Guardian (February 2010)
An educational focus on the link between sex and reproduction - and being able to say no - has had success in the Netherlands.
Back to back to basics
- Anastasia de Waal, The Guardian (November 2008)
Tory plans to promote marriage as a stabilising influence ignore one key fact: it doesn't work that way.
Marry for £20,000, repent at leisure
- Anastasia de Waal, Guardian, 9 February 2009
- Anastasia de Waal, The Guardian (October 2008)
Backing marriage has become a fetish for Cameron Tories, but the nuclear family is a symptom, not a cause of social stability.
Money as the perfect partner: Marriage is a pointer to economic stability
- Anastasia de Waal, The Guardian (May 2008)
Whilst high rates of cohabitation have not heralded the end of the desire for marriage as once predicted, marriage is increasingly becoming the preserve of the more affluent areas of Britain.
An up-to-date selection of useful websites which relate to issues around the family: from sources of help and advice, to sources of research and statistics. Show links...
An archive of Factsheets from 2002 can be found here.
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Do you have a question/would like advice on an issue related to education or family?
If so, send an email to our Director of Family and Education, Anastasia de Waal at email@example.com
Anastasia de Waal is Director of Family and Education at Civitas, a qualified primary school teacher and Chair of Family Lives.