Each of the chapters has a section on ‘flipping the thinking’, an entreaty to encourage the reader to think about child poverty in a way that deviates from the current dominant discourse. At present, what people know or think they know about child poverty and its impacts derives from received wisdom, common sense ideas, what they hear and what they read in the media. Even many professionals working with families living in poverty do not necessarily appreciate the nuance of its risks, causes and consequences. These chapters’ entreaties to ‘flip the thinking’ are picked up and discussed further in chapter ten, the conclusions chapter. In this chapter questions are asked such as ‘what could be done? What should we do? How do we respond to thinking about child poverty differently?’ This chapter also explores the implications of the previous chapters, including the policy and practice changes required to improve the lives of children living in poverty. The implications addressed are: the importance of money, the importance of relationships, received wisdoms and unconscious bias, addressing the living conditions of those looking after children, and making successful transitions. The aim is to encourage all of us to ‘flip our thinking’ and allow alternative ideas and explanations to guide us on a path that might actually prevent and eradicate child poverty.
Keywords: Radical approach, Flip the thinking, Learning from the chapters, The importance of money, the importance of relationships, received wisdoms and unconscious bias, addressing the living conditions of those looking after children, making successful transitions
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