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Tackling Child Poverty: The Way Forward 2021

Tackling Child Poverty: The Way Forward 2021

May 6 2021


There are an estimated 14.3 million people living in poverty in the UK today, of which 4.8 million are children which is 22% of children. The Child Poverty Rate stands at 34% - significantly above the poverty rate for the whole population. 

Around 600,000 more children are living in relative poverty compared to eight years ago - a number that is projected to increase markedly as a result of Covid-19, the Social Mobility Commission has warned. 

Only 26.6 of children eligible for Free School Meals receive five good GCSEs including English and mathematics, compared with 54.2% of non-free school meals pupils, giving them significantly poorer life changes into adulthood. 

Child poverty is estimated to cost the economy £13 billion annually and cost the public sector £12 billion annually. 

Agenda Content and Learning Outcomes*

  •  Understand the impact of Covid-19 on low-income families and children
  • Learn of potential funding for the child health workforce to meet demand and ensure that children and young people receive the best possible care
  • Examine modes of building relationships with public sector partners and local community and voluntary sector organisations
  • Assess the relationship between early childhood service quality, affordability and accessibility and poverty
  • Discover the impact of poverty on a child’s experience of school and ability to engage in learning and behaviour: paying for essentials; access to computers and the internet and school costs
  • Examine the roles played by advice services, food banks and other forms of emergency provision

Benefits of Attending

  •  Meet other like-minded professionals and develop new, beneficial connections
  • Through the learning opportunities and sharing of best practice, you will be able to implement improvements in your workplace
  • Impact the wider agenda and be part of future planning
  • Be part of organisations that continue to evolve, improve and innovate
  • Learn how to make the best use of key products and services that can help transform your organisational capabilities


This event brings together Government and the wider public sector, academia and senior leaders from across the children’s services sector to hear the latest policy updates across the industry and address the challenges facing the sector in these unprecedented times.

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Dates and Timings

This is a 1-day event. Day 1: 09:00am – 16:00pm.  

*Agenda subject to change.

Thursday, 6 May 2021