This chapter introduces the book by looking at how children view poverty and asking (and answering) why we should care about child poverty. It then defines what child poverty is, i.e. what makes it different to adult poverty, and discusses the different components we can use to explore it. How child poverty is understood is crucial to the steps that are taken to prevent, mitigate and alleviate it. This chapter also looks briefly at the causes of child poverty and discusses the consequences of misunderstanding or misrepresenting poverty in the lives of children.
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