Child Poverty

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Course Overview


  • Intermediate
  • 1-2 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 5 CPD Points
  • CPD Certified

Course description

Anyone working with children and families maybe exposed to children in poverty. Being able to identify children in poverty is a crucial step to help them and their families out of poverty and support them in the future.

The modules in this course provides information on the potential causes of poverty, how to help children and their families, guidance on multi-agency working and the learners roles and responsibilities as a practitioner.

This course is for anyone who is working or will be working with children who may be in poverty or vulnerable to poverty. This training covers the following topics:

  • The difference between relative poverty and absolute poverty
  • The growth of inequality and cult of entitlement
  • Statistics for poverty within the UK
  • The Alston: United Nations Report 2018
  • The impact, both immediate and long term, of poverty on children 
  • The effect of poverty on brain development and other Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
  • How to help
  • Your role as practitioner
  • Multi-agency working
  • How to provide support or help people access available support

The course contains case studies, case reviews, and examples of appropriate guidance. It has links to relevant external organisations and the Alston report. Videos and challenges make the course interactive and imaginative.

You will learn

  • The definition of relative and absolute poverty
  • The economic inequality in the UK
  • The impact of poverty on children
  • How to understand your role and multi-agency working
  • Safeguarding with regard to child poverty
  • Best practice

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Teachers
  • Social workers
  • Health workers
  • Care workers
  • Pastoral care
  • Nurses
  • Receptionists

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