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Child poverty training module

Understand, recognise and respond to child poverty

Child poverty training module

CWDCs work on child poverty identified a need for a specific training resource for practitioners to be developed. The module and resource aim to bring together all the materials available and signpost to further resources which will help practitioners understand, recognise and tackle child poverty.

Child poverty is not just about children. The effects of poverty on society and on service provision are wide ranging and underpin many of the reasons why a family's problems can seen intractable. This training module is aimed at practitioners who are employed or volunteer in a service that works with children, young people and their families. It will help practitioners to understand how some seemingly unrelated issues are made worse by poverty, and why some of problems that affect people seem to be difficult to address. It will also help practitioners to see how the cycle of poverty needs to be broken if today's poor children are to avoid becoming the poor adults and parents of the future. 

The module provides a training outline for learning. It has a set of five learning aims each with a set of learning outcomes achievable as a result of the learning experience. The module is not an accredited unit, but training providers and educational establishments may wish to include it in accredited programmes of learning.

Organisations are encouraged to adapt this training module to enable practitioners to build on their knowledge and understanding of local issues, processes and priorities relating to child poverty.

A learner resource with tools and exercises to support the learning identified in the training module has also been developed. The resource signposts to policy documents and reviews and provides information available locally on child poverty.

Read more about the accompanying learner resource.

Page updated: 23 September 2011

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