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Research snapshot

Even at a young age, children living in low-income households have an understanding of poverty and their family’s struggle to meet their basic needs.

They are aware of the stereotypes about poor people and the stigma that comes with being labelled ‘poor’.

Poverty can have a big impact on children’s day-to-day lives, holding them back from taking part in important childhood activities that many others take for granted.

Read this research snapshot for a quick look at the lived experience of poverty in children.

Evidence Report

The study of child poverty has typically been dominated by quantitative approaches which have provided a valuable understanding of the prevalence, mechanisms and effects of this phenomenon. However, this literature on child poverty renders children as passive recipients of their experience, not as actively engaged in processing their experiences of poverty.

Consequently, we know far less about the experiences and actions of the children behind the statistics, including how poverty impacts on their perceptions of their own lives and the related issues and concerns that these children identify as important.

Read this Evidence Report for an in-depth look at the lived experience of poverty in children.

Children’s voices must be heard

Around seven per cent of children and young people live in poverty, and one third are developmentally vulnerable when they start full-time school.

For Children’s Commissioner Colin Pettit, the figures are a stark reminder that despite significant work and good intentions, too many of the State’s children are still falling through the gaps.

“There are far too many vulnerable children in WA from a range of backgrounds and cultures who remain caught in the trap of disadvantage,” Mr Pettit said.

In order to overcome the challenges, these children need support, resources and opportunities.

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