Child Poverty Measures Consultation

November 2012

Introduction

This paper gives a summary of the main points on the proposed multidimensional measure released on 15 November to enable you to gain an understanding of how the way this country measures child poverty both nationally and locally may change.

Earlier this year the latest child poverty statistics were released, revealing that 300,000 children were moved out of relative income poverty between 2009-10 and 2010-11. The current Government explains this as being largely due to a fall in the median income nationally which lowers the poverty line. This means that children who were moved out of poverty were no better off or saw no significant improvement in their daily lives.

Following the release of the child poverty data, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith announced that new measures for child poverty would be proposed.  The current Government believes that just measuring income does not present an accurate picture of how children’s lives are affected by poverty.

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Quarterly Newsletter – November 2012

The November issue of the Improving Futures Evaluation and Learning quarterly newsletter is available to download below.

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Please click here to view the November issue of the Improving Futures Evaluation and Learning Quarterly Newsletter.

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Nice guidelines: social and emotional wellbeing – early years

This guidance aims to define how the social and emotional wellbeing of vulnerable children aged under 5 years can be supported through home visiting, childcare and early education.

Within the guidance, the term ‘vulnerable’ is used to describe children who are at risk of, or who are already experiencing, social and emotional problems and need additional support.

The guidance is for all those responsible for planning and commissioning children’s services in local authorities (including education), the NHS and the community, voluntary and private sectors.

It also for: GPs, health visitors, midwives, psychologists and other health practitioners, social workers, teachers and those working in all early years settings (including childminders and those working in children’s centres and nurseries).

The recommendations cover:

– Strategy, commissioning and reviewIdentifying vulnerable children and assessing their needs

– Ante- and postnatal home visiting for vulnerable children and their families

– Early education and childcare

– Delivering services.

The recommendations:

– Adopt a ‘life course perspective’

– Focus on social and emotional wellbeing as the foundation for the healthy development of vulnerable children and to offset the risks relating to disadvantage

– Aim to ensure universal, as well as more targeted, services provide them with additional support

– Should be used in conjunction with local child safeguarding policies.

Download the guidance (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).

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