There are 800,000 children living in poverty in London. Lockdown measures are disproportionately affecting disadvantaged children, many of whom are unable to learn because they are stressed and without internet access or space for a desk. More families are being pushed into poverty through unemployment and debt with children feeling anxious, isolated and struggling to stay positive. The COVID-19 crisis is affecting children's mental health. Diagnosable mental health disorders in children have risen by 50% - the highest level of child and adolescent mental health problems being reported in over 50 years.
Child poverty in London is about more than income. For many children, poverty can mean uncertainty, stress, hunger, loneliness, boredom, poor health and a lack of opportunities. The most disadvantaged children fall at least two years behind their peers when they come to sit their GCSEs.
Our work is focused on helping children living in poverty to overcome the many disadvantages caused by poverty. London children are much more likely to live in poor households and are less likely to be able to afford everyday items than children in the rest of England . 55% of poor children in London are materially deprived compared to 44% in the rest of England.
Decorate A Child’s Life uses volunteers to renovate and redecorate disadvantaged children’s bedrooms and local youth centres children rely on for support.
Meals That Matter reduces food poverty in London by providing nutritious meals to disadvantaged children through partnerships with corporate volunteer groups.
The Bedrooms of London exhibition makes visible the often shocking and unseen reality of home life for the 800,000 children living below the poverty line in our capital.
The London Child Poverty Summit is a one-day event that provides opportunities for leaders in London’s third sector to collaborate and communicate key issues impacting children in poverty.
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