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1 in 7 children in NSW experience poverty. But there's action the NSW Government can take now to ensure poverty does not determine these children's life chances. Show your support for the 1 in 7 campaign today.

News & Updates

Friday 3 February 2017

The 2017 Report on Government Services into child care, education and training shows new investment has improved early childhood education attendance in NSW but there is still much more work to do to ensure access for all children, according to the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS).

Efforts to reduce childhood obesity must recognise that high levels of inequality are a crucial factor in rates of obesity or they risk children experiencing poverty and disadvantage falling further behind according to the NSW Council of Social Service.

NCOSS CEO Tracy Howe said a clear and explicit focus on children experiencing poverty and disadvantage was needed otherwise the Premier’s priority of reducing overweight and obesity rates would only benefit those from high socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preschool will become more affordable for children in low-income families following a $115 million funding boost from the NSW Government. Announced today, the additional funding will mean services can reduce their fees, removing affordability barriers for many families.

This budget invests in a range of new and existing projects, programs and initiatives aimed at protecting and potentiating children, youth and families, with big ticket expenditure items in education, child protection and health.

In relation to the 1 in 7 campaign recommendations this Budget delivers on a few key areas with:

The concerning gap in outcomes on childhood obesity between low and high-income families brought key community, Government and academic stakeholders together in June for a community sector roundtable convened by NCOSS. Given the Premier has nominated reducing overweight and obesity rates of children in NSW by 5% over 10 years as one of his twelve priorities, ensuring that subsequent investment benefits people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds is critical.

Last week NCOSS hosted KU Children’s Services photographic exhibition celebrating 120 Years of Early Education as part of our 1 in 7 campaign to tackle child poverty in NSW.

On the Universal Day of the Child parents from across New South Wales are taking action to reduce the experience of poverty for children in support of the community lead 1 in 7 campaign.

1 in 7 children in NSW live below the poverty line and this community lead campaign outlines five recommendations to the NSW State Government across health, education and housing that will help ensure children experiencing poverty have the same life chances as their peers.

On Wednesday 14 October, the 1 in 7 campaign was launched as part of the Sydney Festival for Civil Society. 

Read the full 1 in 7 report here.

We know in NSW, 13.8 percent of children under the age of 15 are experiencing poverty – a rate higher than any other mainland state. Almost 1 in 7 children live in households below the poverty line.

NCOSS has launched the 1 in 7 campaign - with 5 ways to ensure the 1 in 7 children experiencing poverty in NSW are not left behind but have the best possible start in life.

The report is the result of talking with members and other stakeholders across the state to hear about what solutions would make a difference to the life chances of the 1 in 7 children living in poverty. The recommendations were also informed by feedback from 400 families across NSW with children experiencing or at risk of poverty. 

Almost 1 in 7 children are living in households below the poverty line. But we can act to break the cycle of disadvantage and ensure these children have the best chance in life.

NCOSS consulted with communities and members across the state about what actions would make a difference for the 1 in 7 children living in poverty in NSW. We have heard about what solutions are working in communities  and what the NSW Government could do to make a difference.

NCOSS examines the experience of cost of living pressures for low to middle income families with dependent children in NSW.

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