Welcome to the UK Programme. Poverty in the UK today. We’re outraged that 1 in 3 children in the UK live in poverty; that’s just under 4m children. The UK has one of the worst rates of child poverty in the EU; ranked 21 st out of 27 countries – equal to Greece and Poland.
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We’re outraged that 1 in 3 children in the UK live in poverty;
that’s just under 4m children.
The UK has one of the worst rates of child poverty in the EU;
ranked 21st out of 27 countries – equal to Greece and Poland
This is a stairwell in one of the high rise blocks of flats on the Aylesbury Estate in London where many families live below the poverty line.
Lucy won’t let her children play outside
as she does not feel safe in the community
She is isolated and does not know any
other local parents. She does not go to
her son’s school to meet other parents
as she had a bad school experience herself.
Gordon brown said “Poverty is a scar on the soul of Britain”.
The government defines child poverty
as families living on less than 60% of
This means that after housing costs,
electricity, gas and other fixed costs
– a family of four – has just £20/week
There is no money for childhood fun
like swimming lessons, roller-skating or
having a family day out together.
The UK government is committed to eliminating child poverty by 2020. But theyhave fallen off course.
To ensure child poverty is reduced, a Child Poverty Bill was passed in Parliament March 2010.
The Bill demands that governments report annually what they have done to end child poverty.
Save the Children wants to play a
key role in making this happen.
Our visionin the UK is to end child poverty by 2020
Our missionis to inspirebreakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
group in the UK and the start of a major area of our work.
every child and introduced the UK’s first playgroups and after- school clubs.
the Brook Hospital
with children and young people in England. We gained the support of the
Department for Education and Skills to consult young people on changes to
education policy and to include pupil feedback as a routine part of Ofsted
The outcomes for the Inspiring Change programme are:
Direct outcomes for participants - children and young people:
Each Inspiring Change group:
A community map exploring the challenges facing children living in poverty developed by children during a consultation to feed into the government’s Child Poverty Bill.Inspiring Change
‘Munch and Crunch’
The group looked at income
and its link to nutrition.
With our support they successfully:
families supporting them to make
a meal on a low income
sessions into a cook book
and also with our support they:
‘Munch and Crunch’
“All of us at the school feel that as a result of the partnership the children realise that they do not have to be passive victims in life but can be active participants and agents for change within their community and society as a whole.”
Angela Piddock, Head Teacher
FAST family in Manchester
FAST family in Belfast
During the sessions families:
learning resources such as books and toys.
“FAST helped me know that I am not a bad father and that I can help my sons do well at school. FAST helped me to feel like I could make a difference to what was going on and be positive about the future”.
Craig, a young parent in Glasgow
Shawn, pictured left with his mother Abbie, is three. Abbie has low literacy skills. Until she attended FAST, she was unsure about how she could best support Shawn to learn to read and write during such a critical phase of his ongoing growth and development.
Thanks to FAST, Abbie was supported to identify
new ways to interact with Shawn to make sure
that he was developing to his full potential and
that he would be ready to learn when he started
primary school. After gaining confidence, Abbie
has since enrolled in an adult education course
within the local community.
impact on children’s
in both the short and
opportunities for the poorest
children in the UK
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