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Children's Rights Measure passed by the National Assembly for Wales

The proposed Children's Rights Measure was passed with unanimous cross-party support and will now go forward for Royal Assent. This is a historic moment for children & young people in Wales.

The Measure imposes a duty upon the Welsh Ministers and the First Minister to have due regard to the rights and obligations in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and its Optional Protocols, when making all decisions concerning policy and law. Click here for more information from the Welsh Assembly Government.

How to Use this Toolkit

The Child Poverty Solutions website has been designed to help people working across the public sector in Wales to develop local responses to reducing child poverty.

We are currently planning a number of changes in response to the wider range of public bodies now engaging with the child poverty agenda. These changes will make your use of the website more sector specific. In the mean time the site is designed to make navigation through the material as simple as possible no matter which public body you represent.

You will find a large quantity of resources and materials that set out a process for developing a local action plan for your sector on reducing child poverty and to support you to more fully understand what it means for a child or young person to live in poverty.

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Child Poverty Solutions - Wales, is produced by Save the Children and the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), with support from the Welsh Assembly Government. Many of our partners were involved in providing information for this toolkit. To ensure that the site is relevant to the public sector we have consulted widely and undertaken dedicated work with two selected Councils, Gwynedd & Rhonnda Cynon Taff.   

View or download or website user guide here

Welsh Assembly Draft Budget 2010

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Click here to read Save the Children's response to the Wesh Assembly Government draft budget settlement for 2011-12.

Click here for the BBC Wales budget analysis.

Click here for the Children & Young People's committee consideration of the Welsh Government draft budget 2011-12.


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The Policy & Strategy Context




The Latest policy context in Wales

The pages here explain the policy context in which work on child poverty in Wales takes place.


Children & Young People's Plans Interim Guidance 2011 to 2014

The document outlines WAG expectations of Children and Young People's partnerships in addressing the new duty relating to the eradication of child poverty. Click here to read the draft guidance and give your feedback. Consultation closes 14/09/10


Health Social Care andWell-being Strategy Guidance 2010

Health, social care and well-being strategy guidance is currently under consultation with the Welsh Assembly Government. Click this link to join the consultation, closing 14th September 2010.

This guidance should be read in conjunction with the Children and Young People's Plans. Each local authority and each Local Health Board is under a statutory duty to jointly formulate and implement a health, social care and well-being strategy for the public in the local authority’s area.

Each local authority is under a statutory duty to publish a children and young people's plan (CYPP) setting out the authority’s strategy for discharging its functions in relation to children and young persons.

See above for the latest on CYPP Interrim Guidance 2011-14.


Do You Work for a Communities First Partnership?

Did you know that the Welsh Assembly Government has published child poverty guidance for you? Click on the link if you want to read through Working with Children, Young People & Families - Tackling Child Poverty: Guidance for Communities First Partnerships. Also have a look at our 'Make it Happen' pages especially for Communities First teams, use the link or click in the blue box above.  


Children & Families (Wales) Measure

Follow the link for up to date information and a plain English interpretation of The Children & Families(Wales) Measure 2010 for public authorities in Wales.


Guidance for other Public Bodies

Draft guidance for these bodies as detailed in the Children & Families (Wales) Measure 2010 (see section 3 in this link for a list) is currently being developed, and will be out for consultation from October 2010, along with the draft regulations to state when and how the strategy will need to be published, what period the strategy will relate to, the consultation process and reviewing procedures.

Child Poverty Strategy & Delivery Plan for Wales

The consultation period on the Child Poverty Strategy and Delivery Plan is now closed but you can still keep up to date with progress  here.

We have also published Save the Children's response to the Child Poverty Strategy. It includes 12 key messages, comment on the Children's Rights based approach to child poverty, our position on WAG's four consultation questions and comments on the Delivery Plan by chapter. Download Save the Children's reponse here.

Chapter 9 of the delivery plan for Wales discusses Vulnerable Families and Children and sites Save the Children's Travelling Ahead project set up to strengthen the voice of young Gypsies and Travellers and to support professionals in their work with the Gypsy and Traveller community. Click the logo to go to the Travelling Ahead online resource. For more information on Welsh policy and strategy relevant to the young Gypsy and Traveller community go to the Travelling Ahead website here.


The Child Povery Act 2010: A short guide

Similar to the Children & Families (Wales) Measure the Child Poverty Act places new duties on public bodies in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland with regard to tackling child poverty. A plain English guide to the Child Poverty Act is available here.

The Equality Act 2010

Having recieved Royal Assent in April 2010, the Equality Act 2010 is intended to provide a new cross-cutting legislative framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all. In essence the Act asks public bodies in the UK to conduct equality impact assessments. To find out more about how the Act will inform your child poverty work click here for the UK Government Equalities Commission or go to the Equality and Human Rights Commission for a plain English interpretation.


Tackling Child Poverty and Improving Life Chances: Consulting on a New Approach

The UK Government has launched a consultation on its approach to ending child poverty and improving life chances. They want to hear from the public, private and voluntary sectors to find creative solutions and capitalise on opportunities that can help communities and individuals ensure their children have the very best start in life.

Latest Publications


Early Intervention: The Next Steps

Early Intervention is an approach which offers our country a real opportunity to make lasting improvements in the lives of our children, to forestall many persistent social problems and end their transmission from one generation to the next, and to make long-term savings in public spending. Read Graham Allen's independent reoprt to government here.

Interview with Graham Allen, chair of the independent commission on early intervention on Children & Young People Now

Early intervention's bid to end 'dysfunction' on Politics.co.uk 


The Foundation Years: preventing poor children becoming poor adults

Frank Field was commissioned by the Prime Minister in 2010 to provide an independent review on poverty and life chances. Read his Report of the Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances here.


Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2010

The annual report on the state of poverty and social exclusion in the United Kingdom from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the New Policy Institute.

Click here for JRF webpages or Download the full report here.

Long-term youth unemployment has recently hit a 16-year high, but what is the true cost of this to the taxpayer?

The Prince's Trust and RBS reveal youth unemployment could cost the UK economy up to £155 million a week. Download the full report from the Prince's Trust by clicking their logo or click here.

Poorer children twice as likely to start school with behaviour problems - gap may have widened over last decade

Behaviour problems are significantly more common among children from disadvantaged backgrounds – and are strongly apparent in the pre-school years. Click here to find out more.

22 June 2010 Emergency Budget

For an item by item breakdown of what was in the June 2010 Budget, follow this link to Directgov.

Alternatively, download the full HM Treasury Budget Report in full contains chapter-by-chapter and supplementary reports.


The distributional effect of tax and benefit reforms to be introduces between June 2010 and April 2014: a revised assessment

The Chancellor claims the June 2010 Budget is a ‘progressive Budget’. Initial analysis of this claim showed that this was not true and further analysis shows that the overall effect of the new reforms is 'regressive'. Low-income households of working age lose the most from the June 2010 Budget reforms because of the cuts to welfare spending. Those who lose the least are households of working age without children in the upper half of the income distribution.


Consumer Finance in Wales: Debt & Credit Use

Click here to download this second paper in Consumer Focus Wales’s ‘Consumer Finances in Wales’ series. It examines the types of consumer credit held by people in Wales, the level of borrowing people currently have, their ability to meet these financial commitments and what trigger points force them to default on repayments.

Don’t forget the spending cuts! The real impact of Budget 2010

Tim Horton (Fabian Society) and Howard Reed (Landman Economics) 27 June 2010

This briefing paper is part of an ongoing research project for the TUC and UNISON, looking at the distribution of public spending in the UK. The calculations in this paper are based on a new model of how public spending is allocated across households and for the first time in the UK shows how all public spending is distributed across households when you take into account how often they use services.The model is also used to analyse the distributional impact of spending cuts on  households. The final report, Standing up for Public Services, will be published later in summer 2010.

Benefiting From Work: Addressing efforts to reform and improve the benefits system

This in-depth report explores the issue of employment as a way out of poverty for parents, using case study interviews and outlining potential wholesale reforms to the benefits system.

Download the report or go to the Save the Children website for links to related information.


Free School Meals

Go to the Core Aim 2 - Education & Learning section of CPS here to download the latest figures by local authority area.

In-work Poverty in the Recession

The share of poor households accounted for by working households (as opposed to workless households) has been increasing in the UK over the last decade, with more than half of poor children living in working households before the recession.

Analysts had thought that the trend towards a greater proportion of poverty being found among working households might be reversed by the recession, as low earners lost their jobs and swapped in-work poverty for workless poverty. However, our analysis shows that this had not happened by March 2009. 

This IPPR report presents new data explaining what has happened to in-work poverty since the recession began, using newly released data covering the period April 2008 to March 2009.


Partnership Working in Education

Read "Working Better Together - Partnership working to improve the educational attainment of the poorest children in Wales 2010". Click the link and look in Key Documents on the right hand side of the page.

The Children and Families (Wales) Measure seeks to deliver a strategic and joined up approach to addressing child poverty.

The School Effectiveness Framework for Wales emphasises that in order to close the educational and experiential gaps and reduce poverty, schools need to work in partnership.

"Working Better Together" looks at barriers and oportunites for partnership working and makes 9 key recommendations for a way forward.

Young People Want to Work...

From interviews with 2,048 young people aged 16-24, 76% say that finding a good job is their main priority for the future.

BUT two-fifths (39%) of those living in communities with high levels of unemployment worry they will never find a good job. One in four (25%) feel depressed as a result of living in the area, and nearly half (49%) feel they have no role models whose careers they look up to and respect.

Want to read more? Then visit the Prince's Trust web pages here.

 Child Poverty Resources


What is Child Poverty?

Learn more about the definition of child poverty and how it is measured here. Our Learning from Practice section and our Training Module for Elected Officials developed in partnership with the WLGA has some stories told by children and young people experiencing poverty and some ways in which people have responded.

The Cost of Child Poverty

Click here to find out more about the costs associated with children & young people living in poverty in each Local Authority area in Wales and how much money could be saved by uplifing children and young people out of poverty in Wales.


The Most Vulnerable Groups

Click here to find information and links to research regarding the groups of children & young people most vulnerable to living in poverty.

Child poverty proofing or the child poverty impact assessment?

Click here if you want to know more.

Child Poverty News

Recent child poverty related newspaper articles

19th January 2011, TELEGRAPH - Parents should be taught how to cuddle their babies under government plan. Mothers should be taught how to cuddle and talk to their babies as part of a major Government drive to stop children descending into a life of crime as they grow up.

19th January 2011, THE INDEPENDENT - MP calls for pre-school intervention for vulnerable.

19th January 2011, GUARDIAN - Parenting skills campaign needed to catch problems early, says report. Family life influences achievement more than material circumstances or quality of schools, Graham Allen argues.

22nd October, TELEGRAPH - Budget 2010: Key points. George Osborne delivered Britain's most important Budget in a decade today - click the ink to read the Telegraph's key points.

22nd October, GUARDIAN - Budget 2010: Key points. George Osborne's emergency budget at a glance

20th October, FINANCIAL TIMES - Chancellor spells out austerity gamble.

20th October 2010, GUARDIAN - Spending review anchored in 'fairness' says Osborne. Critics beg to differ. Economists, family groups and those representing benefit claimants insist vulnerable will be hardest hit.

20th October 2010, GUARDIAN - The truth about George Osborne's reforms. Most measures unveiled by George Osborne today fall not on higher-rate taxpayers, but on the workless, the infirm and the poor.

5th October 2010, GEORGE OSBORNE took a political gamble yesterday by dramatically withdrawing child benefit from the better-off in his latest bid to bring down the budget deficit. Read more here or download Save the Children's position on the Child Benefit issue here.

13th Sept 2010, MORE than 10% of Welsh working households are living in poverty. A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has revealed that around 11% of working households – in which one or more adults work – are classed as living below the poverty line. Read more here.

10th Sept 2010, the chancellor, George Osborne, today faced a growing backlash from coalition MPs over his decision to slash the benefit budget for the unemployed by a further £4bn. Read more.

One in five Welsh households now have no breadwinner, according to official figures released on the 8th Sept 2010. For the full story see Wales Online

George Osborne's emergency budget is 'clearly regressive' and will hit the poorest households hardest, as published by the Guardian on the 25th August 2010.

On the 24th August the Daily Mirror and Financial Times published views on the disproportionate impact of the Coalition Government's emergency budget on the poorest. Follow the links directly to their stories. To read the FT article you will need to register for free.


MP Graham Allen calls for early years intervention

Early intervention will improve the lives of vulnerable children and help break the cycle of "dysfunction and under-achievement", a report says. Click here to read more from BBC News.

IFS research challenges Chancellor's 'progressive Budget' claim

An End Child Poverty Campaign commissioned report was released by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the 25th August 2010.

The report highlights the disproportionate impact of the Coalition Government's emergency budget on the poorest, saying that the Government's claim that the June budget was progressive was 'not true'. Download and read the full IFS report here.


Road Risks are Higher for Deprived Children!

Children from deprived areas are at far greater risk on the roads than those from richer areas, a UK study found.

For latest details read Child Casualties 2010; A study into resident risk of children on roads in Great Britain 2004-08 by Road Safety Analysis.


Consumer Finance in Wales: Debt and credit use

Research conducted in March and April this year reports that over 18 per cent of Welsh adults (420,000 people) have fallen behind with meeting bills or credit repayments in the past year.

This rises to 29 per cent of younger people (18-34 year olds), around a quarter of people with long-term illnesses or disabilities (23 per cent) and over a quarter of those on lower incomes (26 per cent).

Click here to read more


Child Poverty Solutions Phase 1 Evaluations

These reports set a good practice standard in bringing the child poverty agenda to life in the Local Authority corporate, scrutiny and on-line environments. If you represent or work in any of these fields download and use these independent reports to find out how our pilot projects were delivered, what impact they have had and how an awareness of child poverty should inform your own work.


National Child Poverty Conference 2010

The evaluation report of the National Child Poverty Conference is available for download here.

The afternoon conference workshop focussed on Child Poverty Solutions. In order to make sure the project stays fresh and relevant we asked the delegation 4 questions designed to give us their impressions of Child Poverty Solutions so far and offer a steer on the future of the project. You can see the themes and evidence that came out of the consultation here. We will use the information to help set our strategic direction for Child Poverty Solutions going forward.

If you have any other comments or feedback for us please do not hesitate to get in touch with Ross Chamberlain, your project co-ordinator using the details in Contact Us

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