What is the state of child health in the UK?

Professor Russell Viner, RCPCH Officer for Health Promotion
February 2017

Inequality in this country is blighting children’s lives. This is the overwhelming conclusion of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)’s landmark State of Child Health report. The report, which was compiled by child health experts in consultation with children and young people, draws together data on 25 measures of the health of UK infants, children and young people. With evidence gathered on specific conditions such as asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, risk factors for poor health such as obesity and smoking in pregnancy, to child deaths, we can, for the first time, provide a snapshot of child health across the UK.

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Can creative writing help break the stigma for children in care?

21 February 2017

Coram Voices blogs about its creative writing project for children in care and young care leavers.

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Child poverty is on the rise and concentrated in the places that the government’s policies will hurt

Richard Exell, TUC

8 November 2016

Is there a relationship between how many children in an area are going to be hurt by the Benefit Cap and the proportion of children in that area who are poor?

Richard explores this in his blog…

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Still too poor to pay

Marc Francis, Policy & Campaign Director, Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K)

5 September 2016

Amidst the flood of cuts to Social Security benefits brought in after 2010, the abolition of the national system of Council Tax Benefit (CTB) went under most people’s radar. However, for many claimants themselves, this cut caused serious financial hardship. […]

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The extra costs of raising a disabled child

Clare Kassa, Partnership Development Manager, Family Fund

27 July 2016

Poverty and disability are often interlinked. The Family Resources Survey 2013-14 reported that 37 percent of families with at least one disabled child were in receipt of income-related benefit, compared to 12 percent of families with no disabled child.

This is due to several interdependent factors…

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Child Poverty rising rapidly – warnings of further increases ahead

Sam Royston, Chair, End Child Poverty and Director of Policy and Research, The Children’s Society

30 June 2016

The latest official Child Poverty statistics released on Tuesday paint a grim picture of child poverty in the UK – showing that 200,000 more children lived in poverty in 2015 compared to the previous year.

That means 200,000 more children in families living on less than 60% of an average incomes – struggling to make ends meet and to ensure their children are able to enjoy the same decent standard of life as their peers.

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Poor areas will be hit hardest by social security cuts

Graham Whitham, Senior Policy Adviser, Oxfam GB

22 June 2016

Recent research published by Sheffield Hallam University looks at the impact of social security cuts announced since the General Election, by local authority area. The research, co-funded by Oxfam GB and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, finds that areas with already high rates of poverty and deprivation lose much more than more affluent areas.  The average loss per working age adult will be over four times higher by 2020 in the worst hit areas compared to those in the least worst hit areas…

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Why money matters: Case study – Lorna

By Lorna

23 January 2016

On Tuesday, the House of Commons will discuss the Child Poverty Act. The Government wants to abandon current targets and focus instead on what GCSE results a child gets or whether they have a parent in work. I agree that these things are important, but I know from personal experience that money matters when we’re talking about child poverty.

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