Conclusion: child poverty on the agenda

Lucinda Platt

in Discovering child poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345837
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302117 | DOI:
Conclusion: child poverty on the agenda

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This chapter highlights some remaining issues to consider in relation to child poverty at the end of the 20th century; and it also summarises the problematic relationship between research and policy that has marked the last 200 years and cannot be said to have been resolved in the present day. It observes that child poverty and its alleviation — or even elimination — has now reached an uncontentious position as a priority for government. It notes that it seems that the facts and impacts of child poverty as demonstrated incrementally through research have finally been accorded unequivocal recognition. It asks to what extent, however, this is a permanent shift in approach. It further asks, to what extent does it represent a genuine break with past approaches, and finally to what extent it represents a direct translation from the demonstrable findings of research to political will and universal consensus.

Keywords: child poverty; government; research; policy; political will; universal consensus

Chapter.  2914 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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