Child poverty









The latest Government figures show that there are 3.7 million children living in poverty in the UK. This is more than 1 in 4 children. Living with poverty has a serious impact on every aspect of a child's life.

We work with children and young people to find out the effects that living in low income households has on their lives and recommend solutions to child poverty. 

We work with children to make sure their interests are at the forefront of decision-making nationally and locally. We will continue to influence decision-makers to ensure disadvantaged children and their families can escape poverty and ensure childhood is a positive experience for all children.

Our priorities

  • Local policies and services

We are looking at how effective local policies and services are at tackling the effects of poverty for young children up to the age of five.  We will publish a report which makes recommendations about the best ways to reduce and alleviate the effects of child poverty locally.

  • The 2020 child poverty target

We want to all parties to reaffirm this commitment to ensure we do not fail an entire generation of children. The new Government will need to do more to help families into work and to transform our poorest areas to make a determined difference to the lives of children and young people.

  • Ambitious for children

We will develop an innovative new programme which will target England’s 100 poorest boroughs. The programme aims to improve outcomes in a range of areas for children and young people – including education, health, housing and skills – in the lifetime of one Parliament.

Our impact

We have had influence and impact in a number of areas relating to child povery.

  • Measuring child poverty

We made a number of recommendations to the Government about better measures for child poverty.

  • Shaping the first Child Poverty Strategy

We consulted with children and young people to ensure their views were taken into account by government. The report Trying to get by: Consulting with children and young people on poverty significantly helped to shape the last Government's first child poverty strategy. The findings were used by the Child Poverty Unit to engage with children and young people on their experiences of living in deprived areas.

  • Disabled children's experiences of living on low incomes

Disabled children and young people played a central role in directing our research, as well as helping to understand the impact that low income has on disabled children’s rights. The children and young people presented their research to a group of MPs and commissioners and providers of a wide range of services in North West England. The report has been extensively quoted in Parliamentary debates and policy discussions in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

  • Impact on children and young people of living in low income households

Amplify, the Children's Commissioner's young people advisory group, published a report titled What we say we need. It looked at the basic items, opportunities and aspirations that are important to children and young people. Young people met with the Social Mobility and Poverty Commission, an independent body, and the Child Poverty Unit to discuss their findings. Officials made it clear to our young researchers that they were discussing our work and its findings at the highest levels in government.


Our work on child poverty has particular focus and relevance to the following Articles of the UNCRC: 6, 26 and 27.

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