A recent study observed that 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. The number of families and children that find difficulty in acquiring basic needs and educational needs has kept increasing over time. The United Kingdom needs to address this issue of child poverty in a fundamentally different way if it is to make a real change to children’s life chances as adults. In order to come up with ways on how this issue can be addressed, there is need to understand the causes of child poverty in the United Kingdom. It’s always said that solving a problem starts with understanding the root causes.
Often, a child is at great risk of living in poverty if he or she is in a family where no one works, lives in a household where someone is disabled, has a single parent that is not so able or has a large family with many children (Collier 2008). When a household has many children, it risks subjecting them to poverty because the few available resources have to be utilized to raise all of them.
The main cause of child poverty in the United Kingdom is pre-marital pregnancy. Premarital pregnancy forces many girls not to complete their education (Jordan 2009). As it is, without education aperson cannot get good employment that will enable them to fend for the children. Also, most people who are involved in pre-marital pregnancies end up being single parents who have low paying jobs.
Parents who have low levels of education are usually unable to get well and high paying jobs.