Child benefit is one of the strongest tools we have in reducing poverty, and it is vital that it is protected. But it can’t do the job on its own. We urgently need a comprehensive, action-focused strategy for reducing and then ending child poverty. The road ahead is long, and so we must start by protecting what we already have. Sadly, by targeting the benefit system that does so much to tackle poverty, the new government is already pointing us in the wrong direction.