Children Affected by Poverty and Social Exclusion

Around the world, poverty and social exclusion are driving factors behind the placement of children into alternative care.  Families give up their children because they are too poor to care for them, or they feel that it is the best way to help them to access basic services such as education and health care. Discrimination and cultural taboos mean that girls, children with disabilities, ethnic minorities, children with HIV/AIDS and children born out of wedlock, make up a disproportionate number of children abandoned into alternative care.

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Alicia Boatswain-Kyte, Tonino Esposito, Nico Trocmé - Children and Youth Services Review,

This article examines rates of disparity using secondary longitudinal clinical-administrative data provided by a child protection agency in Quebec for a subsample of Black, White, and other visible minority children over a ten-year span.


This report from UNICEF explores the situation of children during the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It outlines UNICEF's response to the crisis and presents a global call to action.

Cindy Blackstock, Muriel Bamblett, Carlina Black - Child Abuse & Neglect,

This paper explores the efficacy of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Convention, UN General Assembly, 1989) through the lens of the over-representation of First Nations children placed in out-of-home care in Canada and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Australia.

Save the Children International,

This policy paper by Save the Children outlines some of the main threats the COVID-19 pandemic poses to children in Africa and suggests some of the political and programmatic responses to protect children’s rights.

Kady Murphy & Natalie Williams - Just for Kids Law,

This paper from Just for Kids Law (JfKL) explores an issue that the organization has come across through their work: cases of under 18s (mainly 16- and 17-year olds) in the UK who are facing homelessness and do not receive the support they are entitled to from local authority children’s services. 

Carla Solvason, Rebecca Webb, Samantha Sutton‐Tsang - Children & Society,

This TACTYC funded research highlights the role that Maintained Nursery Schools (MNS) play in supporting families within areas of extreme social deprivation in the UK.

Melanie L. Nadon - Children and Youth Services Review,

This paper examines the frequency with which transition-age foster youth receive asset building services and whether the youth who receive services experience improved outcomes compared to those who do not.

Jimmy Wang & Eva Moore - Clinical Care for Homeless, Runaway and Refugee Youth,

This article argues that the current system of care in most jurisdictions forces foster youth to be financially and socially independent at an earlier age, despite insufficient preparation, and notes that healthcare providers can be important advocates for youth in care by championing their medical and psychological needs and serving as a bridge that lasts beyond foster care.


This dashboard draws on periodic country office reporting against an evolving questionnaire, first initiated on 12 March 2020, representing important early indications of the impacts of COVID-19 on the disruption of essential services for children and families.

Emily P. Taylor, Simona Di Folco, Melanie Dupin, Heather Mithen, Luis Wen, Lilian Rose, Kirsty Nisbet - Child & Family Social Work,

Using routine data from a kinship care helpline service, this study employed a mixed‐method analysis of the association between socioeconomic deprivation and risk factors reported by kinship carers in the UK and explored social capital in kinship families.