Prisoners and looked after children – a common cause?

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This roundtable is an opportunity to discuss the findings of our recently published report: 'Institutional care and poverty: evidence and policy review'. Speakers will include representatives from Unlock and the Care Leavers' Association.

Our international literature review has reinforced awareness that children looked after by local authorities and prisoners often  have impoverished backgrounds, experience risks of deprivation while in institutions, and face enhanced prospects of poverty after leaving care.  Any effective anti-poverty strategy cannot ignore these needs.

In findings published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in August, Roger Grimshaw sets out a new strategic approach to reducing poverty among children looked after by local authorities and among prisoners. 

Though complex, the needs of the two groups are strikingly similar from a social policy perspective. While specific interventions are necessary, the key to effective change is a different approach to supporting families and individuals, delivering lifelong education for all and creating full employment in the most disadvantaged communities.

This roundtable will be an opportunity to consider the findings, to discuss how complex needs can be addressed by social policy change, and to influence ongoing policy initiatives.

Respondents will include representatives from:

The discussion will inform the anti-poverty strategy of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.  Contributions to the roundtable will be published in a forthcoming Criminal Justice Matters.

This event will be of particular interest to:

  • Organisations advocating for groups in institutional care
  • Research and evidence analysts
  • Policy makers

Venue, time and date

November 17th, 2014 2:00 PM   to   4:00 PM
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
2 Langley Lane
London, SW8 1GB
United Kingdom

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