Health & Society
Children & Families
The draft Programme for Government contains a commitment to running a pilot family drug and alcohol court in Northern Ireland. Such courts have been used in England for some time, but what are they and
Culture & Sport
By Lesley-Ann Black & Dan Hull This article examines levels of childhood obesity and inactivity in our children in Northern Ireland and asks what more can be done to address this public health problem. A
A draft BBC Charter and Framework Agreement has been published, but what’s in it for Northern Ireland and will proposed changes to governance arrangements be sufficient to address concerns expressed during the consultation process?
By Aidan Stennett & Eóin Murphy This article examines the gender pay gap in Northern Ireland: what is it, how is it measured and what is the scale across different sectors?
Health & Social Care
By Lesley-Ann Black & Keara McKay Suicide is a major public health issue which devastates families and communities. The circumstances that may lead a person to take their own life are complex and unique. Ascertaining
This article is a revised and updated version of a post originally published in June 2017. This article outlines the contribution made by carers to supporting the formal care system and the issues they face
Is it appropriate ‘to let’ residential letting agents in Northern Ireland away with lighter touch regulation?
The private rented sector plays a vital role in the Northern Ireland housing market. There has been a focus on the regulation of the sector in recent years in the form of landlord registration, tenancy
Homelessness strategies across Europe have traditionally focused on a housing-led approach. This approach prioritises treatment and addiction recovery. Service users transition through stages of temporary accommodation before permanent housing is made available. In contrast, the ‘Housing
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
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,
The Welfare Reform Bill was undoubtedly one of the most contentious pieces of legislation to come before the Assembly in the last mandate. Where have we got to and what challenges lie ahead?