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Child Poverty in the UK • In 1999, Prime Minister Tony Blair declared: “Our historic aim will be to end child poverty forever, and it will take a generation. It is a twenty- year mission, but I believe it can be done." 1. What are these Barnardo’s adverts trying to say about child poverty? 2. Do you think the adverts are effective? Housing • One million children in Britain still live in poor housing • They live in housing that is run-down, overcrowded or dangerous. Where would a child play here? Questions Tony Blair wants to end child poverty in the UK by 2020. 1. Do you think this will happen? Give reasons for your answer. 2. What has the government done about child poverty already? School success • Children from poorer backgrounds are less likely to do well at school, leaving school with fewer or no qualifications and are less likely to stay on. Long term effects • Children raised in poverty are, as adults, more likely to be unemployed, • in low paid employment, • are more likely to live in poor housing, • get in trouble with the police and are at greater risk of alcohol and drug abuse. The reality of child poverty • Children in poorer families were (still are) more likely to experience illness The reality of child poverty • Babies born to poorer families are more likely to be born prematurely and to be of low birth weight. Accidents in the home • Children living in temporary accommodation or poor quality housing are at greater risk of fire.
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