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Haringey CAB. Our role in working to combat Child Poverty in Haringey Markos Chrysostomou. Why?. 5 th highest proportion of children in poverty in the UK. 9 out of 19 wards with Child Poverty levels of over 50%. Responding to the needs of the community. How did we become involved?.

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Haringey cab

Haringey CAB

Our role in working to combat Child Poverty in Haringey

Markos Chrysostomou


  • 5th highest proportion of children in poverty in the UK.

  • 9 out of 19 wards with Child Poverty levels of over 50%.

  • Responding to the needs of thecommunity.

How did we become involved
How did we become involved?

  • Previous outreach work through New Deal for Communities.

  • NRF funded Project - Reaping the Benefits – outreach income maximisation project in 3 of the poorest wards.

  • Target groups included families.

  • Delivered in partnership with LBH Neighbourhood Management.

  • 2 of the venues were Children’s Centres.

Building on experience
Building on Experience

  • Financial outcomes from income maximisation work in outreach settings were high.

  • Need for targeted Benefit Take Up work confirmed.

  • Targeting parents through working in Children’s Centres increased access for parents in non stigmatising environments.

  • Having pressed for an anti poverty strategy the Haringey Child Poverty Action Group was set up to specifically address Child Poverty in Haringey.

  • Funding secured to research and develop initiatives to combat Child Poverty, including a pilot Children’s Centre advice service in a deprived area in the West of the borough.

Delivering services
Delivering Services

  • Reaping the Benefits has run for nearly 4 years but due to end January. Over £1.5 million in extra benefits and debt write offs gained.

  • Funding secured to provide a borough wide Children’s Centres Advice Project providing Benefits and Money advice to parents.

  • Project is funded for 6 months up to March 2011 and has to achieve outcomes of 200 families & £100k in extra benefits. The 1st month has already seen money gains and more than 50 families have accessed the service.

  • Added value includes training sessions and 2nd tier support to Children’s Centre staff.

Actively influencing policy
Actively influencing Policy

  • Membership of Haringey CPAG.

  • Reporting on outcomes and trends.

  • Contributing to the Child Poverty Needs Assessment.

  • Making recommendations for strategy development.

  • Working with Children’s Centre staff & Council Officers to increase awareness of issues affecting parents.

  • Provision of information and training to increase front line support for parents.

Where from here
Where from here?

  • Reducing Child Poverty remains a priority.

  • LAs have to involve the 3rd sector in strategy development.

  • Haringey has completed it’s needs assessment.

  • Bureaux in strong position to deliver programmes.

  • Our work with Haringey has been recognised by the Child Poverty Unit & evidence from our work will be used in the submission to Frank Field.

Lessons learned
Lessons Learned

  • Effective preparation.

  • Agree effective resource allocation.

  • Effective promotion and engagement with targeted communities.

  • Review and Analysis throughout project life cycle.

  • Recognise, celebrate & communicate success.

  • Multi faceted monitoring & building on data acquired to inform development of future projects.

  • Make recommendations and contribute to policy development.

The importance of partnership
The Importance of Partnership

“Both the Children’s Centres and CAB have a strong commitment to relieving child poverty within Haringey – neither party can achieve this alone. By working together we combine resources and expertise to provide a strong and effective service to the whole family. This is why Haringey Council is working together in partnership to deliver a borough wide Children’s Centre Advice Service.”

Annie Jordan – Working Families Information Officer, London Borough of Haringey.