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Book Launch: Improving Children's Life Chances

Date: Wednesday 25 January 2017

Time: 6.30 pm

Venue: Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ

Admission: Free

The government has made a commitment to improve children's life chances, and will publish its proposed strategy in early 2017. At the same time, independent projections suggest that child poverty will rise significantly between now and 2020.

In a new book ‘Improving children’s life chances’, published by the Child Poverty Action Group, leading experts in fields including education, health, housing and employment discuss how poverty affects children’s life chances and what could be done about it. Join contributors Max Davie, Josephine Tucker and Rhys Farthing as they present highlights from their chapters and discuss ways forward.

This event is free but please reserve your place by emailing gowerstreetevents@gmail.com or sclark@cpag.org.uk


Child Poverty: A Concern for All of Us and Why We Should Not Accept it

Speaker: Dr Gill Main, University of Leeds
Date: Tuesday 1 November 2016
Time: 7.00 pm
Venue: Seven Arts, 31A Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
Admission: £4 at the door

This talk by Dr Gill Main, Academic Fellow in Young People and Precarity at the University of Leeds, examines what has happened to child poverty in the UK since 1999, and how recent attention has shifted away from poverty reduction to redefining child poverty.

With different politicians suggesting very different approaches to understanding, measuring and reducing child poverty, Dr Main will cover some of the major theoretical and conceptual debates which underpin UK policy and rhetoric in this field.

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What will it take to improve children's life chances?

Date: Wednesday 16 November 2016
Time: 4.00-5.30 pm
Venue: Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Westminster, SW1A 2LW

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Child Poverty Action Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty are delighted to host this event introducing CPAG's new book, Improving children's life chances.

The government has made a commitment to improve children's life chances. But what do ‘life chances’ mean? And how are they affected by poverty and deprivation?

Leading experts from research, policy and practice will discuss the implications of the shift to 'life chances' as a frame for social policy, and explore measures to improve children's life chances from perspectives including income, health, housing, and early years.

Chair: Baroness Ruth Lister

Introduction by Alison Garnham, CEO of the Child Poverty Action Group


  • Kitty Stewart, Associate Professor of Social Policy, LSE
  • Eva Lloyd, Professor of Early Childhood, University of East London
  • Angela Donkin, Deputy Director of the Institute of Health Equity
  • Other speakers tbc

You can find out more about the book here – we hope to see you for a lively debate at the event.

Register here.