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Multidimensional child poverty and disadvantage:

Tackling 'data exclusion' and extending the evidence base on missing and 'invisible' children

A programme of research funded by the The Nuffield Foundation and led by CASE, May 2015 - March 2018.
The Nuffield Foundation

The central objective of this project is to improve understanding of multidimensional poverty and disadvantage as experienced by children and young people in Britain. The findings will address an important gap in the research literature by providing a new quantitative evidence base on four groups of children:

  • Young carers
  • Children from the Gypsy and Traveller ethnic minority group
  • Children from the Roma, Gypsy and Traveller ethnic minority group
  • Children at risk of abuse or neglect

The research will use seven different data sets to build up evidence across four critical domains of life: standard of living, health, education and learning, and physical security.

The central research questions are:

  1. What is the extent of poverty and multidimensional disadvantage among these groups of children?
  2. How does this compare to the general population of children?
  3. To what extent is being a member of one of these groups associated with an increased risk of poverty and disadvantage, independently of other characteristics?
  4. How does the risk of poverty and disadvantage vary within each of the three groups?
  5. What are the implications for the measurement and understanding of child poverty and disadvantage more generally?

A summary of the overview report from this research programme is available here (pdf), the full report is now available: Child poverty and multidimensional disadvantage: Tackling “data exclusion” and extending the evidence base on “missing” and “invisible” children (pdf) by Polly Vizard, Tania Burchardt, Polina Obolenskaya, Isabel Shutes and Mario Battaglini.

An additional discussion paper focusing on Children from the Roma, Gypsy and Traveller ethnic minority group is also available: Experience of multiple disadvantage among Roma, Gypsy and Traveller children in England and Wales (pdf) by Tania Burchardt, Polina Obolenskaya, Polly Vizard and Mario Battaglini.