Two-thirds of children in poverty in Scotland live in working households.

Most children in Scotland living in poverty live in families

  • with one or two children
  • headed by a couple
  • where no-one is disabled
  • in white Scottish households
  • where the mother is aged 25 or older.

However, the risk of poverty is much higher for children in 

  • households where nobody is in paid employment
  • families with three or more children
  • lone parent households
  • households where someone is disabled
  • non-white Scottish households
  • households where the mother is under the age of 25. 

Reducing child poverty is therefore likely to require both population-wide and targeted interventions.