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Reports and Research 

Reports outlining the extent and effect of child poverty and Research and evidence based interventions to tackle the problem

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Fantastic Ted talk from a pediatrician in the US showing what is possible in delivering integrated care that addresses the social determinants of health in a practical way and improves health outcomes for children
Lucy Marcil - Why doctors are offering free tax prep in their waiting rooms

Reports and Articles

Click on the images or titles to access reports and articles outlining the extent and effects of child poverty in the UK

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Sir Professor Marmot

The report highlights that:

  • people can expect to spend more of their lives in poor health

  • improvements to life expectancy have stalled, and declined for the poorest 10% of women

  • the health gap has grown between wealthy and deprived areas 

  • place matters – living in a deprived area of the North East is worse for your health than living in a similarly deprived area in London, to the extent that life expectancy is nearly five years less.

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Dr Julie-Ann Maney

A moving article by Dr Julie-Ann Maney, a consultant in paediatric emergency medicine at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Watch her interview for the BBC here:

NI government strategy 'essential' to tackle child poverty - BBC News


State of Child Health 2020 brings together 28 measures of health outcomes, ranging from specific conditions – such as asthma, epilepsy, and mental health problems – to risk factors for poor health such as poverty, low rates of breastfeeding, and obesity.


Dr Guddi Singh, Dr. John Owens, Prof. Alan Cribb

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UK Poverty report, which looks comprehensively at trends in poverty across all its characteristics and impacts.


National Child Mortality Data Base Programme

This report, which is based on data for children who died between April 2019 and March 2020 in England, finds a clear association between the risk of child death and the level of deprivation (for all categories of death except cancer). More specifically, Child Mortality and Social Deprivation states that over a fifth of all child deaths might be avoided if children living in the most deprived areas had the same mortality risk as those living in the least deprived – which translates to over 700 fewer children dying per year in England.

Key Data on Young People includes policy context, indicators of poverty & hardship, burden of disease and international comparisons in key health outcomes.

Really important and easy to use summaries including a chapter focusing on health inequalities for young people (whose data is often lost in other reports)

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Research and evidence based interventions for addressing child poverty

An exploratory study of implementing universal poverty screening and intervention in family medicine and a range of pediatric care settings (primary through tertiary)

Study exploring the complex interrelationships between poverty and family adversity  and their impacts on adolescent health outcomes

Arvin Garg, Sarah Toy, Yorghos Tripodis, Michael Silverstein and Elmer Freeman

Evaluating the effect of a clinic-based screening and referral system (Well Child Care, Evaluation, Community Resources, Advocacy, Referral, Education [WE CARE]) on families’ receipt of community-based resources for unmet basic needs.

Guddi Singh, Hannah Zhu

Quality improvement (QI) methodology in the acute paediatric setting to develop clinical screening tools and local resources for addressing child poverty in practice in a London district general hospital between March and August 2019

Guddi Singh, Aisha Damarell

Quality improvement (QI) and co-production methodologies to explore how child health professionals can be helped to open up conversations about poverty and other social issues in a London community child health clinic between July and October 2019.

Family Action

Family Action piloted a Social Prescribing in Secondary Care Service, commissioned by Healthy London Partnership, from December 2017 until the end of June 2018 at the Homerton University Hospital in Hackney. The service received referrals from secondary care staff, primary care staff, self-referrals, and other voluntary sector organisations

Rachel Stein Berman,  Milani R. Patel, Peter F. Belamarich, Rachel S. Gross,

An example of screening for poverty and sign posting to resources in the United States

Pilyoung Kim, Gary W. Evans, Michael Angstadt, S. Shaun Ho, Chandra S. Sripada,

This longitudinal functional magnetic resonance imaging study of 49 participants, examined associations between childhood poverty at age 9 and adult neural circuitry activation during emotion regulation at age 24.

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