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Baulch, B. (1996). The New Poverty Agenda: A Disputed Consensus. IDS Bulletin, 27(1), 1-10.

British Association of Social Workers. (2018). Professional Capabilities Framework. Retrieved from

British Association of Social Workers. (2014). The Code of Ethics for Social Work. Retrieved from

Brown, B. (2006). Shame Resilience Theory: A Grounded Theory Study on Women and Shame. Families in Society, 87(1), 43-52.

Bywaters, P., Scourfield, J., Webb, C., Morris, K., Featherstone, B., Brady, G., Jones, C., Sparks, T.(2019). Paradoxical evidence on ethnic inequities in child welfare: towards a research agenda. Children and Youth Services Review, 96, 145-154.

Chase, E., & Walker, R. (2013). The Co-construction of Shame in the Context of Poverty: Beyond a Threat to the Social Bond. Sociology, 47(4), 739-754.

Cooper, K., & Stewart, K. (2013). Does money affect children's outcomes? A systematic review. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Cooper, K., & Stewart, K. (2017). Does Money Affect Children’s Outcomes? An update. London: Centre for Analysis and Social Exclusion, LSE.

Duncombe, J., & Marsden, D. (1993). Love and Intimacy: The Gender Division of Emotion and `Emotion Work': A Neglected Aspect of Sociological Discussion of Heterosexual Relationships. Sociology, 27(2), 221-241.

Duncombe, J., & Marsden, D. (1995). ‘Workaholics’ and ‘Whingeing Women’: Theorising Intimacy and Emotion Work — The Last Frontier of Gender Inequality? The Sociological Review, 43(1), 150-169.

Fahmy, E., & Williamson, E. (2018). Poverty and domestic violence and abuse (DVA) in the UK. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 2(3), 481-501.

Fahmy, E., Williamson, E., & Pantazis, C. (2016). Evidence and policy review: Domestic violence and poverty. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Ferragina, E., Tomlinson, M., & Walker, R. (2013). Poverty, Participation & Choice: The legacy of Peter Townsend. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Garthwaite, K. (2016). Hunger Pains: Life inside Foodbank Britain. Bristol: Policy Press.

Gibson, M. (2016). Social worker shame: A scoping review. British Journal of Social Work, 46, 549–565.

Goulden, C. (2019, March 29). It's wrong that so many working families are trapped in poverty -it's time for action. Retrieved from

Hills, J. (2015). Good times, bad times: the welfare myth of them and us. Bristol: Polity Press.

Lister, R. (2004). Poverty. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Morris, K., Mason, W., Bywaters, P., Featherstone, B., Daniel, B., Brady, G., Bunting, L., Hooper, J., Mirza, N., Scourfield, J., Webb, C. (2018). Social work, poverty, and child welfare interventions. Child & Family Social Work, Early View:

Shildrick, T. (2018). Poverty propaganda: Exploring the myths. Bristol: Policy Press.

Spicker, P. (2007). The Idea of Poverty. Britsol: Policy Press.

Taylor, M. (2016). Nonparticipation or different styles of participation? Alternative interpretations from Taking Part. Cultural Trends, 25(3), 169-181.

The Food Foundation. (2019). The Broken Plate. Retrieved from

Townsend, P. (1979). Poverty in the United Kingdom. Harmondsworth: Allen Lane.

Trussell Trust. (2019, April 25). End of year stats. Retrieved from

Valentine, G., & Harris, C. (2014). Strivers vs skivers: Class prejudice and the demonisation of dependency in everyday life. Geoforum, 53, 84-92.

Walker, R. (2014). The Shame of Poverty: Global perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Webb, C. J., & Bywaters, P. (2018). Austerity, rationing and inequity: trends in children’s and young peoples’ services expenditure in England between 2010 and 2015. Local Government Studies.

Recommended ATD Fourth World publications

ATD Fourth World UK: ( ATD Fourth World is a human-rights based anti-poverty organisation, with over 50 years’ experience of tackling inequality and promoting social justice in the UK. Working in partnership with people affected by poverty, ATD Fourth World has, since 1968, concentrated its efforts on supporting families and influencing policy through work at Frimhurst Family House and our National Centre in London. Below is a list of suggested ATD Fourth World publications.

The Roles We Play: Recognising the contribution of people living in poverty.

ATD Social Worker Training Programme.

Unveiling the Hidden Dimensions of Poverty.

Recommended CPAG publications

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). - The Child Poverty Action Group works to understand what causes poverty, the impact it has on children’s lives, and how it can be solved – for good. They also provide information, training and advice to the people who work with hard-up families, to make sure they get the financial support they need. Below is a list of recommended CPAG publications.

Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook 2019/20:

Improving Children’s Life Chances:

Toolkit for local authorities:

Additional resources

Citizen’s Advice: - Citizen’s Advice offer independent advice about benefits, work, debt, housing, and legal rights to millions of people every year.

The Equality Trust:

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF): - The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent social change organisation working to solve UK poverty. It does this through research, policy, and collaboration and frequently publishes leading research about poverty in the UK.

Child Welfare Inequalities Project: this Nuffield funded study explored the links between socioeconomic circumstances and state interventions. You can find all the publications at

Everyday inequality.

A manifesto for a fairer society.

The relationship between poverty, child abuse, and neglect: an evidence review.

Does money affect children’s outcomes? A systematic review.’s-outcomes

How much does money influence health?

Webb, C. & Bywaters, P. (2018) Austerity, rationing and inequity: trends in children's & young peoples' services expenditure in England between 2010 and 2015. Local Government Studies.

Additional reading recommendations from the authors of the Anti-Poverty Practice Guide

Alcock, P. (2006). Understanding Poverty. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Crossley, S. (2018). Troublemakers: The Construction of ‘Troubled Families’ as a Social Problem. Bristol: Policy Press.

Daly, M., & Kelly, G. (2015). Families and Poverty: Everyday Life on a Low Income. Bristol: Policy Press.

Department of Health. (2018). Anti-Poverty Practice Framework for Social Work in NI. Retrieved from

Featherstone, B., Gupta, A., Morris, K., & White, S.(2018). Protecting Children: A social model. Bristol: Policy Press.

Garthwaite, K. (2016). Hunger Pains: Life inside Foodbank Britain. Bristol: Policy Press.

Lister, R. (2004). Poverty. Cambridge: Polity Press.

McGarvey, D. (2017) Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain's Underclass. Edinburgh: Luath Press

Patrick, R. (2017). For Whose Benefit? The Everyday Realities of Welfare Reform. Bristol: Policy Press.

Shildrick, T. (2018). Poverty Propaganda: Exploring the Myths. Bristol: Policy Press.

Shildrick, T MacDonald, R Webster, CS & Garthwaite, K (2012) Poverty and Insecurity: Life in low-pay, No-pay Britain. Bristol: Policy Press.

Walker, A., Gordon, D., Levitas, R., Phillimore, P Phillipson, C., Salomon, M. E., & Yeates, N. (2010). The Peter Townsend reader. Bristol: Policy Press.

Walker, R. (2014). The Shame of Poverty: Global perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.