Assessing parental capacity versus the impact of poverty and inequality

10/14/2020 11:30 - 12:30

Poverty and inequalities have been a huge challenge in practice and Covid-19 has laid bare the multiple inequalities in our every lives and society and has heightened its devastating impact on children and families as well as adults who access services. Furthermore, the recent analysis by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) indicates that as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic an additional 200,000 children could be forced into poverty by the end of 2020.

Poverty and inequality generate significant anxieties and challenges and affect parental capacity. Therefore, in this workshop we will examine some of the implications of poverty and inequality and its impact on individuals and families and the familial context. We argue that in addition to challenging poverty and inequality, careful attention is needed not to confound poverty and inequality with individual capacity for parenting.

This workshop offers a practical approach for distinguishing between parenting capacity versus the impact of poverty, inequality and other external factors that may influence the individual’s parenting capacity.

Claudia Megele, assistant director, Cafcass

Dr Peter Buzzi, director, Research and Management Consultancy Centre