Children & Young People
60 second overview
Poverty is an issue which particularly affects children in London. While the child poverty rate has decreased over the past 5 years, it is still similar to the rate in 2015, and remains higher than the overall poverty rate. 37% of London’s children live below the poverty line, which is higher than any other age group.
Nearly 5 in 6 homeless households in temporary accommodation
contain children, which highlights the impact that the high cost of housing in
the capital is having on young Londoners. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year
olds is 9%, compared to 4% for 25-64 year olds.
More positively, 60% of London’s children achieved 5 A*-C grades at GCSE, compared to 53% in the rest of England. The attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils is also far smaller in London than in the rest of England.
We have funded a number of initiatives focussed on children and young people to address some of the particular challenges they face in London and to help ensure that they are able to meet their potential.
One example is the Moving On Up Initiative, which aims to
improve the employment rate of young black men in London. Another is a secondment
we have funded for a member of Coram Children’s Legal Centre to the Greater London
Authority’s social integration team. This secondee will work on the Citizenship
and Integration Initiative, specifically looking at Young Londoners. We are also
members of the London Child Poverty Alliance, which launched a manifesto before
the 2018 local elections explaining what Councils and Councillors can do to
combat child poverty.
We have funded a number of reports about young people’s issues, including work on child trafficking, social integration and the impact of sanctions on young single parents. Some of these reports can be found below and the full range can be found here.
To explore more data about children and young people in London, visit London’s Poverty Profile.
Children & Young People: News
Successful outcomes from Citizenship and Integration Initiative
Citizenship and Integration Initiative: call for applications
Alarming number of trafficked children going missing from care, charities warn
New report highlights need for Peer Courts throughout London
Children & Young People: Data
19-year-old qualifications by borough
19-year-olds, qualifications & disadvantage
Child poverty and housing tenure
Child poverty by borough
Children and material deprivation
GCSE attainment and demography
GCSE attainment and disadvantage
GCSE attainment over time
Infant mortality by borough
Infant mortality over time
Insecure work by age
London's population by age
Poverty by age
Rough sleepers in London
Temporary accommodation over time
Unemployment by age
Work and poverty
From our Twitter
Private renting must be regulated properly to be a viable option for households who are struggling. Many landlords want to do the right thing, but need Govt led support to make this easier. Read about our work on the private rental sector here: https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/issues/housing/private-rented-sector/ …17 Dec 2018
Everyone deserves somewhere that they can safely call home. But housing is increasingly unaffordable for many ordinary Londoners. We need to build significantly more social and affordable homes to help lift millions of Londoners out of poverty.16 Dec 2018
This study spoke to young black men searching for good city jobs in London. 38% said that the demeanour of people interviewing them for jobs would change when they saw that they were black. https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/publications/moving-young-black-men-londons-financial-sector-aspirations-and-experiences/ …15 Dec 2018
This study from @justlifeuk found that over half of people in unsupported temporary accommodation reported having no working locks on their doors. Temporary Accommodation Boards would help to make life easier for people in this unwelcome situation. https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/publications/are-temporary-accommodation-boards-feasible/ …14 Dec 2018