Child Poverty Essays

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Essay on Child Poverty:

“Examine the characteristics and circumstances of children living in poverty, and assess the main responses of social policy towards improving their lives”

Poverty is the greatest threat to the well being of children, it can affect every area of a child's development social, educational and personal. There are currently 3.8 million children living in poverty in the UK according to (Barnardos 2011). The UK has one of the worst rates of child poverty in the industrialised world. For this essay I am going to examine the characteristics of children who live in poverty and discuss how living in poverty circumstances can affect a child’s life in health and education. I will also discuss what actions are being taken
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By the age of six a less able child from a rich family is likely to have overtaken an able child born into a poor family. Poverty can also have effects on a child’s intellectual development, from as early as 22 months children of parents in high social classes with higher educational levels are already 14 percentage points higher up the scale of educational development than children of lower social classes with parents with low educational attainment. Recent strategies like Sure Start programmes and children centre’s aim to promote the development of young children. Although funding has increased in deprived areas, availability remains an issue. According to the UK National Statistics Publication there are 600,000 children under three living in income poverty and only 42,740 free or subsided places for disadvantaged families.
Educational disadvantage is another key issue that affects children living in poverty. The links between poverty, social class and poor educational attainment are strong. A child’s educational can be affected as early as before primary school. Goretti Horgan (2009) discussed in her journal article the impact of poverty on young children’s experiences of school. According to Goretti (2009) children in the more disadvantaged schools were more likely to say that school is important for negative reasons. In the article

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