A study into social exclusion, its implications for the young, and how to combat it through the area-based initiative Sure Start. Case study: Somerstown, Portsmouth

Fisher, Christy (2007) A study into social exclusion, its implications for the young, and how to combat it through the area-based initiative Sure Start. Case study: Somerstown, Portsmouth. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The problem of social exclusion is clearly apparent within Britain today. However, despite numerous attempts to combat it in many areas deprivation levels, and the differences between rich and poor are actually increasing. This study focuses on the perceptions associated with social exclusion, the reasons behind it and therefore the issues that result as a consequence of it. Through a series of interviews with people whose lives are actually impacted by social exclusion, this dissertation examines how a single initiative, Sure Start, can help those suffering to become reintegrated and included in society. Portsmouth is used as a case study due to its low deprivation ranking and due to the fact that it contains some of the worst off wards in Britain. Portsmouth therefore qualifies for protection, which can be analysed in terms of key indicators such as income, employment, health, crime and housing. The Sure Start centre in Somerstown is used as a base for the research. The results showed that all the participants in the study felt that Sure Start had made a positive impact on both their own and their children's lives. However, the extent to which this is actually helping them to avoid being socially excluded and whether area based initiatives are the best way of tacking social exclusion can still be debated.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/399

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