A rapid review of children and young people's views of poverty and welfare in the context of Universal Credit

Bidmead, Elaine ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0166-4506 , El Zerbi, Catherine ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4041-2379 , Cheetham, Mandy ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2616-9205 and Frost, Sally (2023) A rapid review of children and young people's views of poverty and welfare in the context of Universal Credit. Children & Society, 37 (6). pp. 2047-2065.

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Children and young people's (CYP) life chances depend heavily on family resources. This paper reports a rapid review of qualitative/mixed method studies about Universal Credit undertaken with CYP in the UK; subsequently expanded to include additional descriptors of economic disadvantage. Sixteen studies were reviewed; narrative synthesis was used to explore themes. Most recruited CYP with experience of economic disadvantage; none explicitly reported perspectives of CYP experiencing disability or rurality. Findings show growing up in poverty has significant, negative impacts on health and well‐being, causing feelings of exclusion, shame and unfairness; raising important questions about the adequacy of welfare support in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Children & Society
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1099-0860
Departments: Institute of Health > Social Work, Children and Families
Professional Services > Information Services
Additional Information: Dr Elaine Bidmead is a Senior Research Fellow funded by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria (NENC); she is based in the Institute of Health at the University of Cumbria where she researches health and social inequalities. Sally Frost works within the Library Service at University of Cumbria as a Library and Academic Advisor. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
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Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2023 16:21
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 15:45
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/7022


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