|Title:||Child and Adolescent Health and Well-being: Revitalising the Child Poverty Strategy|
|Date:||Wednesday 21st March 2012|
|Time:||10:15am – 4:30pm|
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|Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group|
|Ross Hendry, Director of Policy, The Office of the Children's Commissioner|
Successive Governments have sought to underpin the pledge to “end child poverty within a generation” through progressive initiatives and measures aimed at breaking the cycle of deprivation and disadvantage. Poverty can be a destructive force due to its long-term grip on families and communities, holding them back generation after generation. Tackling childhood disadvantage is particularly vital as childhood experience lays the foundations for later life. Children growing up in very low-income households are more likely than others to have poor health, achieve low educational attainment, become teenage parents, come into early contact with the police, be unemployed as adults or have a lower income.
With child poverty costing the country £25 billion a year, the Government’s recently published strategy, “A New Approach to Child Poverty: Tackling the Causes of Disadvantage and Transforming Families' Lives” (April 2011) sets out a new approach to tackling poverty and securing social justice. The strategy sets out key goals for the next decade and details a number of actions and commitments for 2011-2014. Seeking to focus on the longer term causes of poverty, it increases the emphasis on strengthening life-chances, tackling family breakdown, reforming the welfare system and halting educational under-achievement.
The strategy is set against the backdrop of the Child Poverty Act (March 2010), which established income targets for 2020 and a framework to provide local decision-makers with the right tools to work together to tackle child poverty in their local areas in a sustainable way.
To underpin these goals, the Government unveiled the Social Mobility Strategy; “Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers” (April, 2011) aiming to tackle unfairness at every stage of life with specific measures aimed at the Foundation Years. The strategy outlines the attempt to ensure ability and potential are the driving determinants of adult circumstances.
One year on from the launch of the Child Poverty Strategy and Social Mobility Strategy, this timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for local authorities, family practitioners, government agencies and other stakeholders to assess the progress made thus far in tackling child poverty. The symposium offers an essential platform to share best practice and discuss how the latest measures can be implemented in your area in order to achieve the goals set out to eradicate child poverty by 2020.
|09:30||Registration and Morning Refreshments|
|10:15||Chair’s Welcome and Introduction|
Panel Session One:
Giving Every Child the Best Start in Life – An Update on the Government’s Approach to Eradicating Child Poverty
|11:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel One|
Panel Session Two:
Policy into Practice - Working Together to Improve the Life Chances of Children
|14:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel Two|
|15:30||Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments|
“ Every child deserves a happy life free from poverty and free from fear.
Children face too many difficulties in today’s Britain. In this strategy we
re-commit ourselves to ending child poverty by 2020 and breaking the cycle
of intergenerational disadvantage that has blighted children’s lives and
aspirations for too long ”
— Children’s Minister, April 2011
“ Poverty is about more than income, it is about a lack of opportunity,
aspiration and stability. As poverty covers this broad range of issues, we
believe that the aims of the Child Poverty Act – to dramatically reduce levels
of child poverty in the UK – will not be achieved through simply throwing
money at the perceived symptoms. ”
— Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, April 2011