Do migrant children have political agency?

This issue of migration has not been far from the headlines over the past two years. In the movement to Europe, migrant children have been especially vulnerable. Here Jacob Lind explores how migrant children react to the paradox of holding two seemingly contradictory subject positions at once: the (deserving) child and the (undeserving) migrant.

Children’s position as specific right-bearers was […]

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    Government plans will reallocate nursery funding from poorer to richer children – and no one seems to notice

Government plans will reallocate nursery funding from poorer to richer children – and no one seems to notice

The government’s grammar schools plans have been covered widely. In contrast, plans to change the funding system for nurseries and pre-schools have received little attention. But these reforms actually pose a greater threat to social mobility than proposals to expand grammar schools, argue Kitty Stewart and Ludovica Gambaro.

Social mobility has been in the news in recent weeks. Announcing government […]

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    Unequal beginnings: more must be done to give the UK’s most vulnerable children a fairer start in life

Unequal beginnings: more must be done to give the UK’s most vulnerable children a fairer start in life

The new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Stephen Crabb, has pledged a ‘relentless focus on improving life chances’. But a new UNICEF Report Card comparing child well-being outcomes across rich countries shows the UK could do better for its most disadvantaged children. The Report Card’s authors, John Hudson and Stefan Kühner, explore the UK’s record and ask […]

Investing in services is not enough; raising incomes is vital to improve children’s outcomes

Conducting a systematic review of all the available empirical evidence, Kerris Cooper and Kitty Stewart found clear evidence that money itself does make a difference to children’s outcomes. Spending £1,000 on raising household incomes would have a similar impact on children’s schooling outcomes as spending £1,000 on schools. However, raising household income would impact many different outcomes at the same time. Income […]

Book Review: Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All

In 2010, California suffered the largest and deadliest outbreak of whooping cough in more than fifty years. In recent years, other diseases with available vaccines such as measles and mumps have also made a comeback. Infectious-disease expert Paul Offit argues that the root cause of these epidemics can be traced to a group whose vocal proponents insist that vaccines are harmful, […]

Book Review: Providing a Sure Start: How Government Discovered Early Childhood by Naomi Eisenstadt

Providing a Sure Start tells the story of one of the flagship programmes of New Labour: how it was set up, the numerous changes it went through, and how it has changed the landscape of services for all young children in England. Mog Ball reviews Naomi Eisenstadt’s insider’s account, but finds it to be too light on analysis and writes […]

Book Review: Youth Policy, Civil Society and the Modern Irish state by Fred Powell et al.

Exploring the development of youth policy and youth work in Ireland from the mid-19th century to the present day, authors Fred Powell et al. provide a strong account of policy changes and facilities made available for young people over the last 150 years. Dr Ken Harland finds the book to be an honest account of the difficult times youth work in Ireland has […]

Early action to prevent social problems can offer a triple dividend of stronger communities, reduced costs and greater growth

Even before the riots of August 2011, many people were concerned that policymakers were too frequently coping with the outcomes of social problems rather than the root causes. Anne Power, a member of the Early Action Task Force, looks at a new report which could offer an alternative vision of how early intervention can strengthen communities and obtain growth at […]

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