The cost-of-living crisis, poverty, and child maltreatment

Guy Skinner, Paul Bywaters, Eilis Kennedy

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Over 30% of children in England live in poverty. According to the Governor of the Bank of England, this figure is likely to worsen, as the current cost-of-living crisis impedes families from being able to buy essential items. For example, 2·6 million children were food insecure in April, 2022, and the Trussell Trust supplied over 2 million emergency food packages to families between April 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022. The Resolution Foundation anticipates that a further 500000 children in the UK will fall below the UK poverty line by 2023. The number of children in out-of-home care is also increasing, with child poverty rates in 2015–20 being linked with more than 10000 additional children entering state care.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
JournalThe Lancet Child and Adolescent Health
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 24 Aug 2022


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