In recognition of the higher risks and life-long consequences of child poverty, the Government, in 2014, adopted a child-specific poverty target as set in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures The national policy framework for children & young people 2014-2020.
The target is to lift over 70,000 children (aged 0-17 years) out of consistent poverty by 2020, a reduction of at least two-thirds on the 2011 level. This target will include reducing the higher consistent poverty risk for households with children as compared to non-child households (8.8% vs 4.2%), and for children as compared to adults (aged 18 years and over) (9.3% vs. 6%).
To achieve this target the Government is implementing a multidimensional approach to tackling child poverty, building on the lifecycle approach in the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion, 2007-2016 and informed by the European Commission’s Recommendation on ‘Investing in children: Breaking the cycle of disadvantage’.
The Target will be achieved through commitments to improve rates of parental employment taking into account family income supports and increased investment in evidence-based, effective services that can improve child poverty outcomes.
The Department of Social Protection, in conjunction with its partner Departments and with stakeholders from the voluntary and community sector, is currently working to develop a cross-government multidimensional approach to tackling child poverty.
See Section 5 of Social Inclusion Monitor 2013 for an update on progress towards the child poverty target and related indicators.