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
Pages (from-to)5-6
Number of pages2
JournalThe Lancet Child and Adolescent Health
Issue number1
Early online date21 Sep 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


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