Cypop 17

CYPOP 17 : Understand the needs of children and young people who are vulnerable and experiencing poverty and disadvantage.

Unit Reference F/600/9777 CV 5 GLH 40

Explain why strategic direction from national and local policy is required to address factors impacting on outcomes and life chances for children and young people.

1.1 Identify the factors that impact on outcomes and life chances for children and young people.
1.2 Explain the critical importance of poverty in affecting outcomes and life chances

The Child Poverty Action group state:
“1 in 4 children are currently living in poverty”
“Under current government policies, child poverty is projected to rise from 2012/13 with an expected 600,000 more children living in poverty by 2015/16. This upward trend is expected to continue with 4.7 million children projected to be living in poverty by 2020.”

There are several factors which may impact on outcomes and life chances for children and young people, these include;
Poverty can stem from many different factors from low incomes, unemployment, family breakdown (either speration or bereavement), long tem illness or addictions.
Child poverty can have lasting effects, statistics show that by the age of 16, children receiving free school meals achieve 1.7 grades lower at GCSE than their wealthier peers. Leaving school with fewer qualifications can lead into lower paid jobs in their working life. (Department of Education)
By the age of 3, it is estimated that children from poorer backgrounds/families are on average 9 months behind in their development.

Social and community pressures
Children who live in poverty are twice as likely to live in bad housing, parents are often forced to choose between food and heat due to fuel poverty. This can have a significant impact on their health both physically and mentally as well as their educational achievements (see above).

(Fuel Poverty: The Problem and Its Measurement, Interim Report of the...