Child Poverty Ills Rising

Child Poverty Ills Rising

A “shocking” increase in the number of children being admitted to hospital with illnesses caused by poverty is revealed in a major new report. The report is expected to reveal a 12 per cent rise from 2007 to 2011 in hospital admissions for poverty-related illnesses such as acute bronchiolitis, gastroenteritis, asthma, acute upper respiratory infections and skin infections.


See the Child poverty Monitor here.


Would $4,000 make poor children more clever?

Would $4,000 make poor children more clever?

Intelligence….poverty….money…. grades… what is the link? 


International Workshop: Child Poverty, Public Policy and Democracy

CROP (The Comparative Research Programme on Poverty) is a programme of the International Social Science Council (ISSC), hosted by the University of Bergen. 

CROP, in collaboration with Equity for Children/ Equidad para la Infancia, FLACSO (Mexico), IIJ-UNAM, is organizing an International Workshop on “Child Poverty, Public Policy and Democracy”. The goals of the workshop are threefold:

• To evaluate critically and comparatively the current knowledge and public policy that impact the reduction, prevention and/or eradication of child poverty and inequality;

• To distribute the contributions in English (CROP-Zed Book, London) and Spanish (FLACSO, Mexico) after a thorough process of peer review

• To consolidate the efforts of the “Work Group on Child Poverty and Welfare”, jointly developed by CROP and Equidad para la Infancia.

For more information, visit here.

“It is time that we left behind the outmoded notion that we can actually address poverty by making life harder for people or that we can help people find jobs by kicking them when they are down.”

National President of St Vincent de Paul Society, Anthony Thornton, confronts the issue of the widening wealth gap in Australia.

Almost 3 million Australians are now estimated to be living in poverty.

Read more here about the recent evidence that exposes Australia as the ninth worst performer in the income inequality ratings of 34 developed nations, behind New Zealand, Denmark, Hungary, France, Poland, Spain and Canada.

“It is time tha…

A Child’s World – Next Steps

International Conference: 25-27th June, 2014

Venue: Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK

Organised and hosted by the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, Aberystwyth University

Key Speakers include:

  • Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Education & Skills, Welsh Government (Invited & TBC)
  • Professor David Reynolds, Southampton Education School, Southampton University. He is currently Senior Policy Advisor to the Welsh Assembly Government.
  • Professor Rebecca Wallace, Judge of the First tier Tribunal, Research Professor of International Human Rights and Justice, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
  • Professor David Wray, Professor of Literacy Education, University of Warwick, Coventry
  • Other speakers to follow

The School of Education and Lifelong Learning kindly invites you to participate in the International Conference: A Child’s World – Next Steps. Focused primarily at an educational research and professional audience, the findings will be relevant across a range of disciplines, including governmental policy formulation, social care, and operational delivery of public services. The wide ranging scope of the conference will be highly applicable for international, national, regional and local government, along with education professionals and will be of direct interest to the general public.

It is intended that selected papers will be published in an edited book, providing the opportunity to identify and share best practice amongst subject professionals.The form for submitting abstract proposals can be reached through the following hyperlink

Proposal submission deadline extended for Global Summit on Childhood

There is still time to submit a proposal for the Global Summit on Childhood 2014!

The Association for Childhood Education International’s upcoming Global Summit on Childhood (10-13 April 2014 – Vancouver, Canada), will explore diverse perspectives on childhood from different cultural, historical, social, and economic contexts, in order to advance our understanding of the childhood experience.

Do you have any stories, research, recommendations, or experiences you would like to share with a passionate and engaged audience of fellow researchers, educators, practitioners, and advocates who support children and childhood? If so, please submit your proposal today!

The Shame of Our Nation

Diane Ravitch, Historian & NYU Professor, wrote this article titled The Shame of Our Nation, which sheds light on an entire nation’s flawed history of pouring billions of dollars into the wrong pockets resulting in a staggering increase in child poverty in the USA.

The Southern Education Foundation’s recent October 2013 report titled “A New Majority: Low income students in the South and Nation exposes these awful statistics.

Global Summit on Childhood, 10-13 April 2014

Global Summit on Childhood, 10-13 April 2014

What is childhood like in your nation, region, community?

 The Association for Childhood Education International is seeking individuals who would be willing to address the experience of childhood in various nations during Special Breakout Sessions at the Global Summit on Childhood. 

The Global Summit on Childhood is an excellent forum for presenting about the unique perspectives and life circumstances that affect and enrich childhood in your communities.

This summit will offer a platform for sharing a wide variety of viewpoints, ideas, and information from all around the world. ACEI welcome presentation proposals on practice, policy, and research from a variety of sectors, including universities, government agencies, schools, nonprofit organizations (NGOs), research institutes, and associations. They are seeking diverse perspectives that address the Voices, Vision, and Visibility of Childhood from multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives, including:

Childhood Sociology
Child Psychology
Cultural Anthropology
Child Development
Childhood Studies
Social Work
Public Policy
Public Health
Health and Human Development
Urban Planning and Development
Cultural Studies
Child Rights Law and Protection

Vulnerable Children Bill

Vulnerable Children Bill

The Vulnerable Children Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Social Development, Paula Bennett .The bill forms part of a series of measures to protect and improve the well-being of vulnerable children. The first reading was today.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

On Friday 11 January 2013, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, appointed a six-member Royal Commission to investigate Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Royal Commission will inquire into how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse. It will investigate where systems have failed to protect children, and make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in institutions.

The Commissioners can look at any private, public or non-government organisation that is, or was in the past, involved with children, including government agencies, schools, sporting clubs, orphanages, foster care, and religious organisations. This includes where they consider an organisation caring for a child is responsible for the abuse or for not responding appropriately, regardless of where or when the abuse took place.


The Royal Commission’s first issues paper on Working With Children Checks has attracted 55 submissions from around Australia so far. A Working With Children Check is a pre-employment screening process to determine a person’s suitability to work with children.

Chief Executive Officer, Janette Dines, said the Royal Commission was pleased with the response.
“Some common views were expressed,” said Ms Dines:
They include:

  • the need for national consistency in the operation of the Working With Children Check
  • the need for more research to determine what elements of existing schemes are most effective; and
  • the need to consider the Working with Children Check as only one element in a broader framework for protecting children.

The Royal Commission is still seeking submissions on its third issues paper dealing with the creation of child-safe institutions. A fourth issues paper on preventing the sexual abuse of children in out-of-home care will be released next week.