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Discovering child poverty: The creation of a policy agenda from 1800 to the present

Lucinda Platt


Child poverty is currently regarded by many as the ‘number one’ issue in Britain. Yet it has not always been so high on the policy agenda. What were attitudes to poor children 200 years ago? How did child poverty emerge as both a quantifiable and urgent issue? And how did policy makers respond? These are the questions that this book tackles. The book presents a broad but sophisticated overview of 200 years of investigation into and responses to the plight of poor children. It identifies key moments and figures of the period, and includes chapters on children and work, education, and child pove ... More

Keywords: child poverty, Britain, policy agendas, work, education, child poverty research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9781861345837
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345837.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucinda Platt, author