Being Left Out Hurts our Kids
Poverty, social exclusion and disadvantage are complex and persistent. Child social exclusion means lost opportunity, disengagement and the risk of leading lives of unfulfilled potential.
… At the start of Anti-Poverty Week, UnitingCare Australia in partnership with The University of Canberra’s, National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, launches a Report which captures the multi-dimensional nature of disadvantage in Australia and its impact. UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families have developed this report with NATSEM in order to provide important evidence relating to the current and future wellbeing of Australia’s children.
The report “Poverty, Social Exclusion and Disadvantage in Australia” analyses the 2016 Census and other data using the Child Social Exclusion Index, giving us a unique perspective through the eyes of the child.
- The first analyses poverty trends over time as defined by standard and well-known income poverty measures. This analysis is conducted for all individuals, but with particular focus on children – those aged under 15 and those who are under 25 yet still dependent upon their parents. This analysis enables patterns and characteristics of income poverty over the past ten years to be captured and assessed. We ask if income poverty has become better or worse and if so for whom?
- The second section of the report unpacks child poverty patterns further through analysing the prevalence of child poverty throughout areas in Australia. Household living under conditions of rental stress is also analysed spatially.
- Section three introduces the concept of multi-dimensional disadvantage and introduces the latest Child Social Exclusion index for all areas throughout Australia. Both the child poverty and social exclusion indices provide a very powerful tool for policy makers, practitioners and the like, by allowing identification of and responses to the areas and groups most affected by disadvantage
SOURCE: “Poverty, Social Exclusion and Disadvantage in Australia.” Report Prepared for Uniting Care, Children, Young People and Families by NATSEM
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