Rising child poverty linked to 10,000 more children in care

Date: 1st August 2022
Category: Looked after children, Child poverty

Illustration shows a child being comforted with a hug from their carer and their teddy.

Recent research completed by the University of Liverpool has found that a rise in child poverty over the last five years (2015-20) correlated with an additional 10,351 children being removed from their homes and taken into local authority care in England.

The research estimated that approximately 52,000 more children were identified as children in need. Despite the government’s commitment to prioritise funding to those in need, cuts to welfare support have caused a rise in poverty.

Child Poverty Action Group pointed to the need for a government approach to address the root causes of poverty which impacts the rate of children in social care.