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Potential for dramatic rise in disadvantaged children and families

Children’s charities are warning that the number of children living in vulnerable families in Britain will rise to over one million by 2015, unless action is taken now.

A recent report has calculated the impact of the recession on vulnerable children for the first time. It paints a worrying picture of a large number of families struggling with problems like unemployment, depression, poor quality housing and poverty.

Action for Children, NSPCC and The Children’s Society are now calling on the Government to take action to better protect children from the effects of the recession, sharp cuts to public services, and major changes to the tax and benefits system, so children are not put at further risk.