Social Policy

Using family breakdown and addiction as indicators of child poverty is profoundly mistaken

Rikki Dean argues that the current proposals to develop measures that downplay income and material deprivation in favour of family breakdown and addiction are based on an incoherent conception of poverty that conflates child poverty with child well-being. To argue that family breakdown and addiction are part of the definition of poverty is indicative of prejudice towards the poor. Moreover, the simple […]

Good measures matter: the government should stick with the child poverty measure it has got

Ruth Lupton explains why many social policy academics disagree with the governments proposed reforms to measures of child poverty. For one, the proposals appear to downplay the importance of income.  Research shows that income is a key driver of child outcomes. It should be measured in its own right.  That doesn’t mean that other things shouldn’t be measured as well – […]

There is a complex relationship between legalised prostitution and human trafficking

New research by Eric Neumayer investigates the impact of legalised prostitution on what is thought to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world; human trafficking. Countries where prostitution is legal experience larger reported inflows of human trafficking.  Every year, thousands of men, women and children are trafficked across international borders. The vast majority of countries in the world are […]

Two steps forward, three steps back – the current state of sex and relationships education in England

Simon Blake argues that the early years of the New Labour government showed great promise for those who campaign for high quality sex and relationships education in schools. However an overly hesitant approach ultimately stalled the process and the current situation is rapidly regressing, with young people in the UK set to suffer the consequences.  In the early days of the New […]