Poverty is the single greatest threat to the wellbeing of children and families.
It can affect every area of a child's development - social, educational and personal.
Find out about:
- child poverty and who it affects - what is child poverty?
- our child poverty campaigns and how you can take action
- stories of Barnardo's work to help children living in poverty
- our child poverty publications and research, which include policy reports and tools for professionals.
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?
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.
Child poverty case studies and stories
We run over 960 children's services working directly with 240,000 children, young people and their families every year across the UK.
Welfare reform report
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.