The Centre for Social Justice is a thinktank which investigates how solutions can be found to the problems of poverty and the lives of those living on low incomes. Within the organisation there are a number of working groups looking at areas such as the early years, youth and gang crime, asylum, housing and prison reform.
This week the Centre's Early Years Commission has published a lengthy new report entitled The Next Generation. This takes as its starting point the idea that at present too much policy is focused on dealing with the consequences of neglect or abuse in the very early stages of a child's life, when a more effective strategy is to ensure that parents get help in 'getting it right' at the antenatal, postnatal and infant stages. The report reviews existing literature in this area, and gauges the view of experts in this area.