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  • • Nearly half of children in care have a mental health disorder
  • • 4.2 million children in the UK are living in poverty
  • • Nearly half of children in care have a mental health disorder
  • • 1.4 million children & young people have a probable mental health disorder
  • • 1 in 5 babies aren’t receiving their entitled health visiting check at one year old

The Children’s Charities Coalition – Action for Children, Barnardo’s, NCB, NSPCC, The Children’s Society –  responds to new data published by the End Child Poverty Coalition

This new research paints a devastating picture of the financial struggle that children and families are experiencing across the UK today.

Poverty can have a corrosive impact on children and families in different ways: from material things such as hunger and poor housing, to psychological factors like shame, social isolation, and parental stress.

We want to see safer, happier and healthier childhoods right across the UK. Tackling poverty is a crucial step. Our political leaders must use their general election campaigns to make clear commitments to ending child poverty, now and forever.

This should start with them committing to new legislation that sets binding targets relating to the eradication of child poverty, supported by a pledge to  scrap the two-child limit on benefit payments, ditching the benefit cap and boosting the child element of Universal Credit by £15 a week.