Chapter two looks at the profile of child poverty, as measured by both income and material deprivation, within the UK and beyond and explores whether its rates are increasing or decreasing. It looks in depth at the misunderstandings, causes and consequences of child poverty and how government (mis)understandings of child poverty affect how it is perceived and tackled. It looks too at the profile of child poverty as regards who lives in poverty and describes how child poverty is a dynamic phenomenon with different groups of families cycling into and out of poverty across time. The chapter emphasises the importance of income to child poverty and concludes by considering initiatives that maximise family incomes and prevent/reduce poverty and by asking the reader to flip their thinking on the causes and consequences of child poverty.
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