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A New Approach to Child Poverty
A New Approach to Child Poverty
A New Approach to Child Poverty

This A New Approach to Child Poverty course has been created with children in mind and will help learners to identify children and families living in poverty and support them in overcoming their poverty.

There were 3.7 million children living in poverty in the UK in 2013-2014, according to Barnardo’s.

Completing this course will help you understand legal legislation (The Child Poverty Act 2010), child poverty and its disadvantage, the impact child poverty has on those around them and you will learn your role as a practitioner.

On completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Explain what child poverty is and which disadvantages are related to it.
  • Describe how it impacts on children, families and communities.
  • Recognise signs and risk factors of child poverty.
  • Work together with other agencies, services and support networks to overcome child poverty.
  • Contribute to overcoming child poverty.

When you’ve completed this online training you will sit an online test and, once successful, you can download your Virtual College certificate.

Lesson Plan

The subjects covered in this module include:

  • Introduction
    • What is poverty?
    • Why take this module?
  • Child poverty and disadvantage
    • What is poverty?
    • What is child poverty?
    • What can cause poverty?
    • Key causes and drivers of child poverty
    • Poverty and disadvantage
    • The cycle of poverty
    • Poverty and vulnerability
    • Poverty and disability
    • Attitudes to poverty
    • Aspirational poverty
    • In-work poverty
  • Impact of poverty on children, families and communities
    • Impact of poverty
    • How can poverty impact on children’s lives?
    • Impact of poverty on children’s lives
    • Impact of poverty on children’s development
    • Poverty in early years
    • Parenting and poverty
    • Possible impacts on parenting ability and children’s outcomes
    • Impact of poverty on the family
    • Impact of poverty on communities
    • Perceptions of poverty
  • Recognising child poverty
    • Signs of poverty
    • Spotting the signs of poverty
    • Persistent versus temporary poverty
    • Fuel poverty
    • Hidden poverty
    • Spotting hidden poverty
  • Overcoming child poverty
    • Why tackle child poverty
    • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
    • The Child Poverty Act 2010
    • Is there legal obligation?
    • The UK Government child poverty strategy
    • Country specific child poverty strategies
    • Overcoming poverty
    • Inter-agency cooperation
    • Focus on children and families
    • Barriers in your local area
    • Overcoming barriers
    • Barriers to inter-agency working
    • Overcoming barriers to inter-agency working
    • Overcoming local barriers to inter-agency working
    • Guidance for multi-agency cooperation
    • Examples of agencies working together
  • Your role as a practitioner
    • Helping a family move out of poverty
    • Dealing with factors contributing to poverty
    • Helping a family to carry out all agreed actions
    • Good practice
    • Working with a family
    • A partnership-based approach
    • Other agencies
    • Increasing resilience and self-esteem
    • The importance of high expectations

Target Audience

This course is suitable for anyone who works with children.


Approximately 1-2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. The course is self-paced with approximately 115 interactive screens with multiple components. You do not have to complete all the training in one session. Your progress will be recorded throughout.


This course is CPD Certified.


On completion of this course you will be able to print a Virtual College certificate.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

How it Works

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