The number of people living in extreme poverty around the world has sharply declined over the past three decades, however it currently still includes about 400 million children, or one third of those living in such abysmal conditions. Nearly 600,000 children in Australia are estimated to be living in poverty; half are in sole parent families.
What are the various absolute and relative measures of poverty and deprivation – including extreme poverty and hunger – for children in developing regions and in economically advanced countries? What are the causes and effects of poverty on children’s health, development and wellbeing? What can be done to give impoverished children a better chance in life?
This book examines the prevalence and problems of child poverty from a global and an Australian perspective.
Chapter 1: Global child poverty
Chapter 2: Child poverty in Australia
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