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To help meet the government's target of ending child poverty by 2020, a set of resources have been to support those working with children, young people and their families who are experiencing poverty and disadvantage.
In 2011, the former Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) coordinated the development of a training module and learner resource to help practitioners identify, assess and tackle child poverty. The module and resources are designed to build knowledge and understanding of poverty and can be tailored to meet local perspectives.
Poverty and disadvantage falls within the Families with Multiple Needs project.
In April 2011 the Government’s Child Poverty Strategy: A New Approach to Child Poverty: Tackling the Causes of Disadvantage and Transforming Families’ Lives was published.
It builds on recommendations made in the reviews undertaken by Frank Field MP and Graham Allen MP as well as responses to public consultations. It sets out Government's aims and aspirations in breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty by tackling the route causes.
The strategy commits to using indicators that will measure and monitor the progress made in eradicating poverty over the next three years. Its core principles are to strengthen families, encourage responsibility, promote work, guarantee fairness and support the most vulnerable children and their families.
The Child Poverty Act 2010 requires local authorities across England and Wales to carry out a child poverty needs assessment and produce a local strategy of how they will eradicate child poverty by 2020 in their area.
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