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Poverty in Australia 2022: A snapshot

COVID-19, Poverty

This Australian Council of Social Services and University of New Sales Wales report provides insights into Australian Bureau of Statistics data on household income from 2019-2020, focusing on changes in income support in COVID-19 lockdowns. The report details the impact on poverty rates in Australian families and conclusions about the design of the payments in reducing poverty.

How JobSeeker and other income support payments are falling behind the cost of living

Poverty

This Australian Council of Social Services report details the findings of a survey of 449 Australians who receive government support payments as their primary income. This report can provide service providers insights into the areas of living that are causing impactful financial stress.

Measuring what matters: Drawing on a participatory wellbeing framework and existing data to assess child wellbeing outcomes over time

Children, Health and Wellbeing, low income, Poverty, Young People

This article from the Centre for Social Research and Methods illustrates the effect of applying a wellbeing participatory framework – focused on key areas that children indicate as having value to themselves – to an existing dataset on child wellbeing. Results showed some areas of concern for children and young people in Australia and details how policies should be changed as a result.

Child poverty and children entering care in England, 2015–20: A longitudinal ecological study at the local area level

Care Leavers, Children, Out of Home Care (OOHC), Poverty, Young People

This article, published by Lancet Public Health, reports the outcomes of a longitudinal study that used linked data to investigate the extent to which trends in child poverty relate to trends in out-of-home care entry in England. The study found many trends, which are detailed in the report.

The first year of Covid-19: Initial outcomes of our collective care for low-income children in Aotearoa New Zealand

Children, COVID-19, Data, New Zealand, Poverty, Report

Child Poverty Action Group has released this report reviewing available data sources to determine the impacts of the pandemic and government action/inaction on low-income children in New Zealand. A key finding is that tamariki Māori were 2.5 to 3 times more likely than Pākehā (white) children to have been pushed into poverty in the year prior to March 2021. The report concludes that structural investments by government are needed to ensure the long-term wellbeing of children and their families and must centre Māori guidance.

Couch surfing limbo

Poverty, Young People

WEstjustice has launched their 'Couch Surfing Limbo' report which explores the challenges faced by young couch surfers. Common challenges experienced by this group include exploitation, abuse, and the complexities of navigating a predominantly adult homelessness service system. The report also provides insight into the issues faced by couch providers – the informal carers that look after young couch surfers in their homes.

Labour income, social transfers and child poverty

Poverty, Safety and wellbeing

The Swedish Institute for Social Research has published a paper on the variation in living standards of the poorest fifth of children in rich nations. It examines the ‘income packages’ of disadvantaged families with children in those countries and shows the relative impact of different policy interventions on the living standards of disadvantaged children.

Low income and poverty dynamics: Implications for child outcomes

Poverty, Safety and wellbeing

This report uses data from the first five waves of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) to examine the association between childhood poverty and a range of children’s developmental outcomes. It indicates a strong negative association between poverty and children’s developmental outcomes. Improved understanding of the mechanisms of this relationship will help determine the most effective way to improve the life chances of children who experience financial disadvantage.

Effects of poverty on interacting biological systems underlying child development

Poverty, Safety and wellbeing

The experience of poverty in early childhood can have far-reaching impacts on children’s health and development. Children experiencing poverty are often exposed to multiple risk factors, which interact to shape their neurocognitive development. This paper explores the complex interaction of risk factors such as malnutrition and psychological stress, and the ways in which they can effect neural development and functioning.

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