How does it impact on a child’s life?
Personal Choice Within the UNCRC, children have the choices to make decisions for themselves and the choices they make can have significant impact on their life and development. If a child or young person does not have support from carers, they will not have ground rules in place so they may be able to do as they please such as smoke, take drugs, have under-age sex, all of which can have a huge impact on their lives. Children need to be encouraged or be given guidance on their life, which is why it is important for children to have good role models in both home and education settings.
Poverty can have a huge effect on children and young people's development, overall poverty removes choices from people's lives, their choices are limited to what they can do and afford rather than what they want or need. This is why poverty is one on the five outcomes within the Every Child Matters framework stating that every child should 'achieve wealth and economic well-being. All parents and carers have roles and responsibilities within the community to promote this.
Poverty can result from low income, unemployment, parental separation, illness or disability, addictions or criminal activities, all of which can lead to children suffering from malnutrition or poor diet as a result of not being able to afford quality food, which could result in lack of concentration or poor performance in school. They could suffer from other health related issues, which could limit opportunities and influence the child's outcome in life. They could get bullied as a result of their clothing or because they do not have the latest must have accessories. Children who suffer poverty will possibly miss out on further education due to costs that are involved, or as a result of the need to find employment to help support their family.
Housing and Community
This is one of the side affects of poverty, as those who are