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Vulnerable children will have a better chance of finding permanent loving homes under plans by ministers to compel councils to sign up to Scotland's Adoption Register.

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This article looks at the reasons why governments are starting to believe that individual wellbeing matters and argues the need for novel research approaches to develop insight into avenues for intervention. In summary:

•  Research on wellbeing is fundamental to progress in many areas of government;

•  Valid, reliable and acceptable outcome measures are essential and the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being scale is the best overall measure at present;

•  Prevailing belief in the randomised controlled trial as the gold standard for judging the value of interventions is impeding progress in wellbeing research.

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According to a study from the Institute for Health and Social Policy, the contribution of regular family suppers supports good mental health in adolescents. Family meal times are a measurable signature of social exchanges in the home that benefit adolescents' well-being, regardless of whether or not they feel they can easily talk to their parents.

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Troubled children and young people in the South East are to benefit from a grant of almost £112,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Dandelion Time, based on a 40-acre farm near Maidstone, Kent, provides support for children who have significant behavioural or emotional difficulties, often resulting from trauma, neglect, domestic violence or abuse.

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Officials at Northamptonshire County Council have “accepted unreservedly” the findings of a damning Ofsted report which has labelled the county’s child protection services inadequate.

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