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Tackling Child Poverty

Living on a low income impacts the daily lives of children and their families. The experience of poverty in childhood can be highly damaging and its consequences can be felt well into adult life. Because of this, tackling child poverty is a key priority.

In 2008 the Council and its partners adopted a Child Poverty Strategy and action plan 2008-2011 to make sure that today’s children do not become the parents of poor children tomorrow. You can download our 2010 Child Poverty Needs Assessment from theattached files section below.

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Consulting on our new Child Poverty Strategy 2013-15

We have updated our strategy. Our new Child Poverty Strategy 2013-15 brings together work that is currently being undertaken by the Council and its partners. Our vision is to ensure that:

"children do not live in poverty, and that they are given the opportunity to thrive and achieve and to live safe, happy, healthy, successful and fulfilling lives."

We want to achieve this by focusing on three outcomes:

Outcome 1: Improved life chances

We want to:

  • Make sure every child has the best start in life and is happy and healthy; and
  • Help children and young people do well in school so they can get good jobs

We aim to do this by focusing on the following key priorities:

  • Ensuring access to high quality maternity services, parenting programmes, childcare and early years education
  • Promoting the importance of parent-infant attachment, physical and emotional health, and cognitive, linguistic and social skills
  • Ensuring early identification and intervention for children at risk
  • Ensuring that all Haringey schools are rated as 'good' or 'outstanding' by Ofsted within three years
  • Raising the attainment levels of the children living in the 10% most deprived parts of Haringey
  • Increasing the number of young people in Education, Employment or Training including apprenticeships
  • Developing the Raising the Participation age offer
  • Ensuring provision of quality assured advice services eg to increase take up of childcare tax credit
  • Increasing membership of Haringey’s Credit Union

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Outcome 2: Sustainable employment

We want to help young people and parents to learn new skills and find work.

We aim to do this by focusing on the following key priorities:

  • Maximising employment opportunities
  • Maximising in work support
  • Supporting and enabling people to move from benefits into work through increasing financial literacy/money management skills and awareness of benefits available for working parents
  • Maximising the opportunities to employment and training through access to affordable and inclusive good quality child care
  • Improving the skill and educational level of parents

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Outcome 3: Quality homes for children and their families

We want to reduce the impact on children who live in temporary homes or in overcrowded homes.

We aim to do this by focusing on the following key priorities:

  • Minimising the number of children living in temporary accommodation; and
  • Reducing the impact of overcrowding and the effects on children

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Have Your Say

We would welcome your views on the draft strategy

There are a number of ways to have your say:

  • Complete our online questionnaire:

Complete questionnaire

  • Complete our online easy words and pictures questionnaire

Complete easy read questionnaire

  • Write to:
    Child Poverty Strategy Consultation
    FREEPOST RRJG-YJBH-UCRZ
    London
    N22 8HQ
  • Email: policy@haringey.gov.uk

All comments must be received by 5 June 2013

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Attached Files

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