New piece on the abolition of the Child Trust Fund for Progress: here
Exploring the potential of local intiatives to develop effective work with offenders and other socially excluded groups, the chapter by Drakeford and Gregory explore the potential of asset-based polices (such as the Child Trust Fund), credit union and time banks.
Details of the book can be found here
Paper presented at an ESRC Funded Seminar on the Welsh Addition to Asset-based Welfare on Monday 18th January 2010.
This paper examines the idea of an asset-effect, the idea of social, financial and psychological benefits that assets are said occur from holding assets. After outlining this idea the paper explores the relationship between the asset-effect and the Child Trust Fund before considering the implications of these arguments in relation to youth transitions and the child poverty agenda. It argues that the Child Trust Fund provides an asset-effect which has broad implications for opening up opportunities and increasing social mobility of young people thus helping them to tackle difficult transitions into adulthood.