Child poverty

There are an estimated 4 million children living in poverty in the UK – that’s 30% 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.
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"As a neonatologist, I witness the impact of poverty regularly and how it exacerbates health inequalities... Poverty impacts each decision a parent makes."

In her opinion piece, published 30 May, RCPCH President Dr Camilla Kingdon urges the government to set targets on reducing child poverty.

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Evidence on the impact of child poverty

State of Child Health is our landmark report into the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the UK, which looks at the evidence on child health outcomes and data trends. Published before the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, we updated data where available in spring 2021.

News on child poverty and health inequalities

President's blog

Advocating on climate change and air pollution - President's blog

Camilla reflects on a busy week advocating for children within the Greener NHS and sustainability panel discussion at NHSConfed Expo. She also flags a couple of opportunities for members to share views on air pollution and the current cost of living crisis.
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Supporting volunteering and having your say - President's blog

Ahead of the Jubilee Weekend and the start of Volunteers' Week, Camilla reflects on the significant contribution that individuals make to paediatrics and child health through volunteering. With the cost of living, Ukraine, hepatitis and Monkeypox also making the headlines, she shares some updates an...

Michael Egan, Money Advice Caseworker at Citizens Advice St. Helens, provides information on the range of practical support available for families living in poverty.

Josephine Tucker at Child Poverty Action Group writes about how poverty can affect child health and what we as health professionals can do.
"Make it ok for people to tell you what is happening if they are struggling..." Children, young people and their families tell us what it is like to live in poverty.
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"We cannot expect to have a healthy future for the UK if we leave children behind. Poverty makes children sick." Child health professionals tell us their views.