Greater Expectations



In the last 50 years, the National Children's Bureau has worked on projects and programmes that have brought about change for children and families.

Early in our history, we led the National Child Development Study of 16,000 children born in 1958 - the the first ever multi-disciplinary, longitudinal study. From the study we published two groundbreaking reports: Born to Fail? in 1973, and Children in Adversity in 1982, which identified key indicators of disadvantage in childhood and revealed how growing up in these circumstances damaged children's lives resulting in poor health, underachievement at school and lack of opportunities to fulfil their potential. These reports established NCB as a thought leader within the children's sector.

Nearly 50 years on, Greater Expectations, examGreater Expectations Cover Thumbnailines 12 key indicators to determine whether children in this country are still experiencing inequality and disadvantage. This new report shows that far from improving over time, the situation today appears to be no better than it was nearly five decades ago.


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