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Child poverty

Poverty is the single greatest threat to the well being of children and families.

It can affect every area of a child's development - social, educational and personal.

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What is child poverty?

A family with two adults and two children needs to have £349 each week in order to be above the poverty line. How do you think that compares to what your family has?

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Read statistics and facts about child poverty »

Learn about what causes child poverty »

Our child poverty campaigns

We believe it is outrageous that children in the fifth richest country in the world still have to suffer the consequences of poverty.

Find out what Barnardo's is doing to end child poverty »

Find out how you can take action against child poverty »

Child poverty case studies and stories

We run over 900 children's services working directly with over 200,000 children, young people and their families every year across the UK.

Read case studies that tell the stories of Barnardo's work to transform the lives of children living in poverty »

Welfare reform report

Read our most recent report on children supported by welfare »

This report draws on the experience of the work we do with children who live in families who are supported by welfare, through out-of-work benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance, or in-work benefits such as tax credits. This provides a first-hand account from Barnardo’s services on the impact changes to benefits have had on vulnerable families across England and Wales.

It uses the results of a recent survey of 138 Barnardo’s services to paint a detailed picture of how families have been impacted by a variety of changes to benefits, and the difficult choices many of our families and young people have faced.