The material circumstances of their family is a significant contributor to a child’s health and wellbeing. Access to basic material needs such as adequate nutrition, healthcare and security of housing protects against the risks of ongoing disadvantage.
In general, children from low socioeconomic backgrounds are at greater risk of poor health over their lifetime, including higher rates of illness, disability and death.1 Children experiencing material deprivation, social exclusion or homelessness are also more likely to experience psychological or socio-emotional difficulties, behavioural problems, educational difficulties and mental health issues.
SOURCE: CCYP Western Australia. “Age group 6 to 11 years.” Commissioner for Children and Young People Western Australia, 2019.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.
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