For the third year in a row ANGLICARE Sydney released its major State of Sydney research report. Entitled “What will I be when I grow up?” the report was launched on 10 May at Carriageworks in Redfern and formed part of the Winter Appeal campaign. The key focus of the report is the impact of social exclusion on lives and prospects of children.
The ABS puts the number of children aged 0–14 years living in poverty at 1.6 million.
Speaking at the launch, ANGLICARE Director of Advocacy, Sue King indicated that inadequate income and insecure housing are key factors in children being socially excluded from our communities. “We know that of the 27,000 households we’ve helped with emergency relief over a four year period, half of these have children under the age of 16, which means that more than 26,000 children live in households unable to pay bills and buy food.”
Of particular importance are the implications the report draws between poverty and a child’s long term prospects. These include poorer education, physical and mental health as well as higher likelihood of repeating cycles of fractured relationships and experiencing economic disadvantage. To illustrate the bleak prospect of children living in disadvantage in our own city, a mocked up home was used at the event which demonstrated what life would be like living in a poverty stricken environment.
“The report is an important piece of work and shows us just how much more we need to do to give the many thousands of disadvantaged children in Sydney and the Illawarra the opportunity for a brighter future,” says Ms King.
The full report and many useful resources for your church, school or youth group can be accessed at www.stateofsydney.org.au