26 Jan 2017

Commenting on the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health report on poverty and health, Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said:

“This report starkly shows the toll that growing up in poverty takes, which we see time and time again in the children and young people we support.

“Poverty is a blight on both the physical and mental health of children. Our own research has found that young people living in poverty are more likely to think of themselves as failures and feel pessimistic about their future.
“By freezing financial support for low income families until the end of the decade, Government risks further entrenching the impact of poverty on the health of children across the country. The freeze on children’s benefits must be ended in order to ensure that children in poverty are given the support they need.”

  • Notes to editors
    The Children’s Society’s report, Poor Mental Health: The Links Between Child Poverty and Mental Health Problems, sets out how children’s mental health and wellbeing can be impacted by debt, poor housing, unemployment, isolation and poor access to services. Its analysis of survey data found that almost a third (29%) of 16-19-year-olds growing up in poverty did not feel optimistic about the future, compared with about one fifth (22%) of their more affluent peers.
  • The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.