Peabody has published a report investigating child poverty on its estates and how it might use its own resources and work collaboratively with others to create communities in which no child is living in poverty.
Peabody’s estates are largely located in inner London boroughs, which have among the highest rates of economic deprivation and child poverty in England.
The report defines child poverty in two ways: material deprivation and restricted life chances.
The key findings of the report are:
- Material deprivation is less of an immediate concern for parents and frontline workers on Peabody estates than children’s life chances and the effect of negative personal and cultural influences.
- Negative cultural norms are often portrayed as deep-seated problems that are difficult to solve, but this is not the perspective of front-line workers of parents, who tend to view the issues around life chances and children’s attitudes as something that can be addressed.
- In addition to high-quality low cost housing, which in and of itself counteracts deprivation, Peabody’s community development work also helps tackle child poverty.
Read an executive summary of the report.
Download the full report.
Peabody is holding a roundtable event at the Guardian on Tuesday 20 March to discuss the findings of the report and practical steps to improve matters.
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