‘Consistent poverty’ describes children who live in households with incomes below 60% of the national median.
It also describes deprivation based on a number of indicators, including going 24 hours without a substantial meal or being cold because it is often too expensive to heat the home.
“Aoife never learned to play with other children,” says Niamh, her Barnardos project worker.
“She lived ninety percent of her life in darkness, was malnourished, often dirty, and generally uncared for. It wasn’t that her mother didn’t care, she was unwell herself, and just didn’t have the skills to cope.
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