Child poverty group hires Home Office advisor as director

The End Child Poverty campaign has appointed a Home Office advisor as its new director.

Jonathan Stearn, formerly an advisor for the Active Communities Directorate, started work at the campaign on Monday.

End Child Poverty is a coalition of 12 children's charities including Barnardo's, NCH, NSPCC and Save the Children, and was formed in April 2001 with the aim of persuading the Government to fulfil its pledge to end child poverty by the year 2020.

Stearn worked for six years as Age Concern England's head of public affairs.

He worked previously as a campaigner for Shelter and a journalist, and is also a qualified social worker.

He commented: "My early work in social services and at Shelter gave me first-hand experience of child poverty. I witnessed the devastating chain of events that forced children to become socially excluded adults. I hope to use my experience to help stop poverty from becoming a life sentence."

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