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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, National Children’s Bureau, NSPCC, The Children’s Society – respond to Gordan Brown’s recent call to tackle child poverty

Gordon Brown is right to call for action to tackle child poverty which is having an overwhelming impact on children and families up and down the country.

Adequately addressing the scale of the problem requires political will from the very top of Government. The Prime Minister and other party leaders must commit to ending child poverty once and for all with a roadmap to achieve this set out in the next King’s Speech.

But we need action now because early support for families leads to happier, healthier and safer childhoods for all children, especially those experiencing poverty. The Government could drive improvements for babies, children and young people today by scrapping the two-child limit for benefit payments and the benefit cap, boosting the child element of Universal Credit and increasing funding for early help services.