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Includes bibliographical references (pages 164-167).
Book Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; Preface; The young people (some names have been changed); Introduction; Chapter 1 The importance of places; Chapter 2 Changing chances; Chapter 3 Aspirations; Chapter 4 Poverty; Chapter 5 School; Chapter 6 Changing families; Chapter 7 Street life; Chapter 8 Making choices; Chapter 9 Further trouble; Chapter 10 The world of work; Chapter 11 Race matters; Chapter 12 The difference for girls; Chapter 13 Reaching out; Conclusions; Footnote -- outcomes; Bibliography.
Blending interviews with those most closely affected together with views from key commentators and experts the author creates a vivid picture of a system and societal failure ... a failure both that is at once both embarrassing and avoidable.
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