Latest figures show that 29% of children in Wales are living in poverty. Children are said to be living in poverty if they live in families with an income below 60% of the median income. Poverty can have a devastating effect on a child’s life chances, having a negative impact on their education, health and overall wellbeing. Their future housing and employment prospects can also be negatively impacted upon.
Children in Wales continues to work to prevent and reduce the levels of child poverty, and mitigate the impact on children, young people and their families.
Children in Wales’ work in this area includes:
- Coordinating the End Child Poverty Network Cymru, as the national alliance for tackling child poverty in Wales
- Proactively engaging with Welsh Government, Children’s Commissioner for Wales and other external stakeholders in Wales, including through our involvement in strategic working groups.
- Manage projects which directly engage and build the capacity of organisations to take steps to support children from low income families
- Working with our member organisations to produce reports and publications, including our Annual Child Poverty Survey in Wales.
- Deliver national and regional child poverty events
- Deliver training to professionals on the impact of child poverty in Wales
- Campaign to end child poverty at a UK level