Child Poverty

Childhood is short, yet the experiences we have shape the adults we become and the lives we lead. Children living in poverty live life on the margins, excluded from opportunities and often unable to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Poverty affects every aspect of a child’s life having short and long term consequences on their health, education outcomes and life chances.

Key statistics:

Some top line statistics from EU SILC 2016

  • In 2016, 11.1% of children (aged 0-17) lived in consistent poverty. That equates to approximately 138,949 children. This is one in nine children – equivalent to the entire population of a county like Wicklow, or Mayo. 
  • Consistent poverty means that these children are living in households with incomes below 60% of the national median income and experiencing deprivation based on the agreed 11 deprivation indicators. This can mean going 24 hours without a substantial meal or being cold because parents are unable to afford to heat the home. It means not having two strong pairs of shoes, or a warm jacket to keep out the cold.
  • Half (50.1%) of lone parent households with one or more children experienced deprivation. Worryingly this is almost three times the level of depravation experienced by families with two adults with children (17.8%).
  • Households where there was one adult and one or more children aged under 18 also had the highest consistent poverty rate at 24.6%.
  • In 2016 nominal median equivalised disposable income was €20,597 and the nominal ‘at risk of poverty’ threshold stood at €12,358 i.e. 60% of the median. In 2016, 16.5% of individuals had an equivalised disposable income below this threshold.





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