This evidence review presents evidence to support South Ayrshire local authority and community planning partnership to mitigate and prevent child poverty and identify early trigger signs that may suggest an increased risk of poverty. An evidence briefing summarises the review.

Summary

This evidence review presents evidence to support South Ayrshire local authority and community planning partnership (CPP) to:

  1. identify factors that may mitigate the effects of child poverty
  2. make suggestions on how the local authority can act to prevent child poverty occurring
  3. identify early trigger signs that may suggest an increased risk of poverty

These three issues are explored for families through pregnancy, in the child’s early years and in the primary school years, under the themes: income maximisation, education and childcare.

A fourth theme, lone parenthood, is explored as a stand-alone cross-cutting theme. There are other critical areas of work that are within the remit of the local authority and the CPP, which are not addressed in this review but strongly contribute to the incidence, prevalence and experience of child poverty; namely health, disability, housing, transport and area regeneration.

Bearing in mind the considerable resources, people and skills at the disposal of South Ayrshire’s local authority and CPP, this report sets out practicable steps to mitigate and prevent child poverty locally. The review brings together evidence from the academic and grey literatures since 2010. The appendix at section 8 gives full details on the methodology for the evidence used. The main body of the report at sections five and six presents the findings from each of the themes, addressed in numbered subsections.

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This report was produced by the What Works Scotland Evidence Bank. It was edited by Cara Blaisdell, Charlie Mills and Sarah Morton.

Author: Dr Morag Treanor (lead researcher and author). Supported by Alexandra Macht (research assistant); Sarah Morton (What Works Scotland co-director; Karen Seditas (Evidence Bank lead, review co-ordinator)

Peer reviewer: Professor John McKendrick, Glasgow Caledonian University

User reviewer: Marion Fairweather, Child Poverty Action Group

Date of publication: January 2017

Type of publication: Briefing paper

To cite this review: Treanor, Morag C. (2017) Actions to prevent and mitigate child poverty in South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership, Edinburgh: What Works Scotland.

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