27th April 2018 – 1 in 5 Child Poverty Conference

The ‘1 in 5: Raising Awareness of Child Poverty Project’ has been running in Edinburgh since 2015 and there are now 80 schools who have taken part in training and are now poverty proofing school policy and practice. This event will celebrate the work so far and stimulate discussion into how services can continue to develop approaches to tackling inequality and stigma and mitigate the impacts of child poverty on attainment and wellbeing. Discussions will be informed by presentations from 1 in 5 schools and a range of speakers who are at the forefront of research exploring inequality, child poverty and closing the poverty related attainment gap including:

• Richard Wilkinson, co-author of ‘The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better’
• Dr Kitty Stewart , Associate Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Associate Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and co-author of ‘Does Money Affect Children’s Outcomes; A Systematic Review’
• Dr Morag Treanor, University of Stirling, Senior Lecturer in Sociology with a primary research focus on child poverty – its measurement, causes, consequences, mitigation and prevention.
• Prof. Sue Ellis, University of Strathclyde, co-author of the influential Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on Closing The Attainment Gap In Scottish Education
• TBC representative of The Child Welfare Inequalities Project a research project aiming to identify and understand inequalities in child welfare intervention, including the impact of poverty on likelihood of becoming looked after and accommodated.

The event will also mark the official launch of ‘Making Education Equal for All; Edinburgh’s Pupil Equity Framework’ which brings together the learning from 1 in 5 and research into how to ensure pupils and parents feel respected, valued and included in school. The series of recommendations in this document aim to support schools to lay the foundations for pupil equity and closing the attainment gap. This document is attached here and will be available for all Edinburgh schools to access online soon.

Information on the range of work being done in 1 in 5’s partner projects relating to income maximisation will also be explored at the event. The updated ‘Financial Support and Information for Families’ is also attached here.

‘1 in 5 Child Poverty: Tackling Inequality and Stigma’ is on the 27th April 2018. You can enrol onto the conference at Eventbrite by clicking on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/1-in-5-child-poverty-conference-tackling-inequality-and-stigma-tickets-43348333031#/signin