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The impact of poverty on children and young people's use of services

Hill, Malcolm (2009) The impact of poverty on children and young people's use of services. Children and Society, 24 (5). pp. 400-412. ISSN 0951-0605

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This article describes a qualitative study exploring the impact of poverty on children's access to and use of services, which took a comparative approach to gather the views of children from more and less affluent households. Findings suggest affordability and related factors including limited mobility constrained service use for less affluent children, resulting in cumulative missed opportunities. However, extended family, friends and agencies facilitated service access, mitigating the impact of poverty on service use to some extent. Research implications include the importance of listening to and taking account of the views of children from lower income families in service planning.