Child poverty needs assessment

Childhood experience lays the foundations for later life. Growing up in poverty can damage physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, which are all determinants of outcomes in adult life.  While some children who grow up in low income households will go on to achieve their full potential, many others may not.

The Child Poverty Act (2010) requires councils to produce local needs assessments of child poverty and agree a local strategy for tackling this.  This Child Poverty Needs Assessment provides an analysis of:

  • Children living in poverty in Cheshire East.
  • Who is living in poverty and why.
  • The impacts of living in poverty.

We have undertaken this assessment using desktop research - taking into account available evidence on poverty, worklessness and deprivation.   At this stage, the assessment has not been informed by qualitative data or by the experience of other agencies.  

The next step will be to develop the Cheshire East strategy for reducing child poverty in the borough using the needs assessment as the evidence base. The strategy will be created with input from different service areas, our partners and the public.

If you feel that you can add to this assessment and make it richer and more relevant – either as an individual or as an organisation – then please email the Corporate Policy Team

The following links will take you to either the full CPNA document or to individual chapters.