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Multidimensional child poverty and disadvantage

Researchers: Dr Polly Vizard | Dr Tania Burchardt ...

Project overview

The central objective of this project is to improve understanding of multidimensional poverty and disadvantage as experienced by children and young people in Britain. The findings will address an important gap in the research literature by providing a new quantitative evidence base on three groups of children:

  • Children at risk of abuse or neglect
  • Children from the Gypsy and Traveller ethnic minority group
  • Young carers

The research will use seven different data sets to build up evidence across four critical domains of life: standard of living, health, education and learning, and physical security.

The central research questions are:

  1. What is the extent of poverty and multidimensional disadvantage among these groups of children?
  2. How does this compare to the general population of children?
  3. To what extent is being a member of one of these groups associated with an increased risk of poverty and disadvantage, independently of other characteristics?
  4. How does the risk of poverty and disadvantage vary within each of the three groups?
  5. What are the implications for the measurement and understanding of child poverty and disadvantage more generally?


  • Dr Polly Vizard
    London School of Economics
  • Dr Tania Burchardt
    London School of Economics
  • Dr. Polina Obolenskaya
    London School of Economics

  • Alex Beer
    Senior Consultant, Welfare
    Nuffield Foundation
  • Director, Welfare
    Nuffield Foundation

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