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

Elaine Bidmead*, Catherine El Zerbi, Mandy Cheetham, Sally Frost

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2047-2065
Number of pages19
JournalChildren & society
Issue number6
Early online date7 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2023

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