Health & Society Blog Archive

Health & Society Blog Archive

Here you will find an archive of Health & Society Blog articles published before 1 January 2020, divided into their relevant categories.

Children & Families

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Is coercive control a crime?

Reading Time: 4 minutes In 2016 a man called Lance Hart shot his wife Claire and daughter Charlotte outside a swimming pool in Lincolnshire, England, before turning his shotgun on himself. Some of the media coverage of the murder

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Cross-border child protection in the EU

Reading Time: 4 minutes A significant number of European Union laws and policies have a direct role in protecting and promoting children’s rights. What has the EU achieved in the area of cross-border child protection?

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Community Relations

Reconciliation sculpture i nthe grounds of the Stormont Estate, by the artist Josefina de Vasconcellos.
Dealing with the past in Northern Ireland

Reading Time: 3 minutes One area that has created considerable political division in Northern Ireland is how to deal with a contested past. Broadly, ‘dealing with the past’ tends to refer to issues relating to people affected by the

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Culture & Sport

Image of the 'Harvests from Land and Sea' exhibition at Down County Museum (image used courtesy of Down County Museum)
Measuring museum success: How and why?

Reading Time: 7 minutes Northern Ireland (NI) currently has 44 Accredited museums. But how does this compare with elsewhere and how should we go about assessing whether our museums are performing well? This article looks at some of the

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Health & Social Care

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Farmers and mental health

Reading Time: 5 minutes In this Mental Health Awareness Week, which also coincides with this year’s Balmoral Show, this article examines an issue which has received comparatively little attention and on which, so far, not much research has been

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The many faces of homelessness in Northern Ireland

Reading Time: 5 minutes Homelessness is a highly emotive issue and attention on the plight of those who are homeless in Northern Ireland has gained particular momentum over recent months with housing, homelessness and many other organisations working determinedly

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A demographic profile of Northern Ireland in 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutes This paper presents a brief demographic profile of Northern Ireland, updating a previous article on this subject in 2016. It shows emerging trends in the population, and comparisons with other UK countries, Ireland, and the

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Fleeing from conflict: Refugees and Northern Ireland

Reading Time: 3 minutes The most recent Global Report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) states that over 71 million people were ‘of concern’ in 2017. This includes refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons and stateless

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Third Sector

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Testing times ahead for the Third Sector

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Third Sector makes a substantial, but at times unrecognised, contribution to society in Northern Ireland. It is a key provider of health/social care; housing/housing support; education and training; environmental protection; childcare; youth services; sport,

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