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 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

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Social Justice looks at how to tackle illegal money lending in…

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By Emily Farley

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Social Justice looks at putting family at the heart of the…

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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

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Social Justice looks at the reality of severe absence in schools…

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This report from UK think tank the Centre for Social Justice looks at why communities matter and what matters to…

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This report from UK think tank the Centre for Social Justice looks at how to organise the care system to…

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Current Opportunities

Regional Manager (East Midlands Office)

The Role The CSJ Foundation is looking for a Regional Manager in the East Midlands to establish and run a new office in the region. One of the primary aims of this office will be to oversee our Alliance Network of frontline poverty-fighting charities, social enterprises and local government workers. These network members are at… Read more »

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Head of Work & Opportunity

The Role The Centre for Social Justice is seeking a Head of Work & Opportunity to work in our busy Westminster office. This senior role will be instrumental in driving the CSJ’s work on employment, opportunity, skills, the labour market, welfare and wider economic issues. The successful candidate will lead the CSJ’s Work & Opportunity… Read more »

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Philanthropy & Administrative Co-ordinator

The Role The CSJ Foundation is looking to appoint a Philanthropy and Administrative Coordinator to support the work of the CSJ Foundation team, our Alliance of charities, the donors we work with, and to assist with their charitable giving. This role sits across the CSJ Foundation team, and is core for delivery of our strategic… Read more »

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Senior Project Lead – State of the Nation

The Role The pandemic has left an indelible mark on the nation. It saw the most expansive (and invasive) policy response to a national crisis since the Second World War. It demanded radical policymaking at pace – from the furlough scheme to ‘Everyone In’ – as well as the largest vaccination programme in our history…. Read more »

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