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The institutions that help children into adulthood are failing

There is an opportunity for a great age of reform

By Dan Jarvis  

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn holds a shadow cabinet meeting in Portcullis House, London ©Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The sociologist Ken Roberts has described the experience of adolescence for children growing up in the mid-20th century as being like boarding a train together. There would be a job, marriage, children, and a home of one’s own. Changes to the route could be made, but only at planned stops. There were first, second and third class carriages, so for some adolescence was much better catered for than for others.

Many young people were able to move up from…

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