There are an estimated 4 million children living in poverty in the UK – that’s 30 per cent of all children. Projections indicate that this number may rise to as much as 5 million by the end of the decade, yet national targets to reduce child poverty have been abolished.
‘We cannot expect to have a healthy future for the UK if we leave children behind. Poverty makes children sick.’ Together with Child Poverty Action Group, we asked child health professionals their views about poverty and the impact on child health.
Our landmark State of Child Health report is the first snapshot of infant, children and young people’s health across the UK. Our report covers physical and mental health and some of the main determinants of health, showing where our children are doing well but also where we must improve and how we can achieve this.
Dr Alison Steele responds to the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) new report, published today on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children: Storing Up Trouble – A postcode lottery of children’s social care.