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Families and young people in troubled neighbourhoods

Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion public discussion


The Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion tracked 200 families bringing up children in deprived neighbourhoods over ten years. The families told us a lot about their biggest worries and greatest needs. Streets and parks are unsafe; local facilities cost too much; energetic teenagers are not allowed to go further afield for fear of trouble so they often hang out on local streets. The thing families wanted most was for more for young people to do. Joblessness among low-skilled young people is extremely high in East London and other poor areas. Employers lose confidence and look for more highly qualified, more experienced and more privileged recruits, creating a vicious cycle for young people from troubled neighbourhoods. Families strive hard for their children, but young people need support.

Parents told us what helps most and what works best. They explained what pushes families over the brink. The riots this summer showed how fragile society’s hold is on community resilience, and how many parents fail to control or contain their young people. Most people brought to trial after the riots came from highly disadvantaged and fragmented urban communities.

Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, will talk about the importance of families to society; and explain how we can create better futures for our most disadvantaged children. Education, Sure Start for all ages, crime prevention, job training, outdoor space and youth activities all build community resilience.

Professor Jane Waldfogel from Columbia University, a specialist in family and child poverty will respond.


Speaker(s):

Professor Sir John Hills | talks
Mr Ian Duncan Smith | talks
Professor Jane Waldfogel | talks

 

Date and Time:

1 December 2011 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

LSE Campus, venue TBC to ticket holders
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London
WC2A 2AE


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London School of Economics & Political Science
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