A combination of the relatively low standards of living and the higher levels, at which children are orphaned by high levels of adult mortality, worsens the problem of child poverty (OECD, 2009). This paper will explore the causes and the consequences of childhood poverty. In addition, the paper will explore the prevalence levels of childhood poverty and recommend potential solutions for the problem.
There are many answers to the question of why childhood poverty remains a modern phenomenon, and among these answers is the obvious one that these children live under poverty due to their reliance on their poor parents, guardians or facilities for their economic wellbeing. In many cases, children are classed as poor, in the case that they are living under the care of poor adults. For that reason, understanding the causes of childhood poverty require the exploration of the factors underlying adulthood poverty (HM Government, 2011). The wide array of factors range from demographic to economic factors; there are some variables that limit the earning capacity of different individuals or groups. The levels of childhood poverty are nearly double those of adults, and this situation can be explained through dissecting the population living under poverty by demographic variations (EAG, 2012). The factors that are identified through the exploration, which can explain the higher levels of childhood poverty include that poor adults are more likely to have more children than the adult population which is well-off (HM Government, 2011).
The number of children born to poor parents is one of the factors leading to childhood poverty. Different groups of adults can be distinguished according to the sufficiency levels of their income and where applicable, their income and the assistance offered by social programs. Adults are identified as family