Centre for Social Justice

Established in 2004, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is an independent think tank that studies the root causes of Britain’s social problems and addresses them by recommending practical, workable policy interventions. The CSJ’s vision is to give people in the UK who are experiencing the worst disadvantage and injustice every possible opportunity to reach their full potential.

Since its inception, the CSJ has changed the landscape of our political discourse by putting social justice at the heart of British politics. This has led to a transformation in Government thinking and policy. The majority of the CSJ’s work is organised around five ‘pathways to poverty’, first identified in our ground-breaking 2007 report, Breakthrough Britain.

These are:

  • family breakdown;
  • educational failure;
  • economic dependency and worklessness;
  • addiction to drugs and alcohol; and
  • severe personal debt.

In March 2013, the CSJ report It Happens Here shone a light on the horrific reality of human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK. As a direct result of this report, the Government passed the Modern Slavery Act 2015, one of the first pieces of legislation in the world to address slavery and trafficking in the 21st century.

The CSJ delivers empirical, practical, fully funded policy solutions to address the scale of the social justice problems facing the UK. Our research is informed by expert working groups comprising prominent academics, practitioners and policymakers. Furthermore, the CSJ Alliance is a unique group of charities, social enterprises and other grass-roots organisations that have a proven track record of reversing social breakdown across the UK.

The years since the CSJ was founded has brought with it much success. But the social justice challenges facing Britain remain serious. Our response, therefore, must be equally serious. In 2019 and beyond, we will continue to advance the cause of social justice in this nation.

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Recent Reports

By Joe Shalam

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Social Justice provides a Social Justice manifesto for a thriving Britain.…

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By Carolyn Griffith

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Social Justice looks at a roadmap for lifelong financial learning. At…

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By Cristina Odone

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By Gavin Rice

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Social Justice looks at how to alleviate the cost of living…

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By Matthew Greenwood

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By Emily Farley

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By Louise Gleich

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Social Justice provides a new vision for supporting victims of modern…

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By Alice Wilcock

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