poverty

I don’t live in poverty, but it was not always so. I grew up with my five siblings in a two-bedroom council house on a low-income estate. By the time I was seven, my mother was a single parent, and it had become apparent that raising six young children alone meant that...

My first appearance on the BBC took place at my auntie’s flat in Govanhill, on Glasgow’s southside, where she lived with my two cousins and a mother and child she had taken in who were fighting deportation. Having got involved in the Pollok Free State, she later became a...

If you have never experienced poverty for yourself, take a minute to imagine that you are applying for financial support. The money is there, you are told, if you are ‘needy’, ‘deprived’, and ‘vulnerable’ – the ‘people who have nothing’. The employees you meet are empathetic...

Given your area of work – childhood food insecurity – I’m guessing you’re busy at the moment…
To give you an idea, in my inbox, I’ve got over 4500 emails. I have emails from organisations, companies, associations, the public, editors, academics, MPs, and...

There is substantial evidence that tells us that when children from the poorest and most disadvantaged families start their education, many of their skills and early learning attainments are less well developed than those of their more advantaged peers. Despite the best...

The term ‘county lines’ refers to the trafficking of illegal drugs from one area to another, often across police and local authorities, usually by children or vulnerable people who are coerced into it by gangs. This eponymous film debut by director Henry Blake is a compelling...

In planning for our post-Covid future, we’ve repeatedly heard the phrase ‘build back better’. But Professor Sir Michael Marmot wants us to build back fairer. Speaking at the Anna Freud Centre’s ...

Child poverty is on the increase with 5.2 million children expected to be living in poverty by 2022. As part of its Poverty to Flourishing campaign the British Psychological Society’s policy team and the campaign’s...

What are the conditions under which young people are enabled to grow, flourish and reach their full potential? And what might these conditions look like for young people in the care system, many of whom have encountered significant relational adversity and trauma through...

The campaign

The BPS ‘From Poverty to Flourishing’ campaign aims to put psychological evidence at the heart of action to tackle poverty and improve outcomes for children, families and communities...