Policy & Research Publications

We produce publications and publish research on a wide range of issues affecting the children, young people and families that access our services.

Our recently commissioned research examining school meal debt and public debt, led by Professor Morag Treanor from Glasgow University highlights that too many low-income families are being forced into public debt to survive. Public debt pulls families deeper into poverty and holds them there.

One mum overwhelmed by public debt said, “I don’t feed myself. I have only put enough on for the wee ones and there’s not enough for me, so I don’t eat”.

Research like this depends on the voices and experiences of families in Scotland. We use this evidence to campaign for changes in policies and services and help to bring about long-term change necessary to beat poverty, disadvantage, and discrimination.

Stay up to date with our work and find out more about current issues impacting the people we support by viewing our policy and research publications.