The current drivers or reasons for change are situated in many macro environmental and also personal people factors.An equity issue could exist where only families that are well off and are economically well situated would be able to afford better care for the children, and families that are economically downtrodden might not be able to provide the right amount of care. Some children get health accessibility benefits. While the government does strive to improve health accessibility benefits for the children, the truth is that not all children receive the same amount of care and benefits. Policy based equity issues can also be raised. Now adopting the Finnish care program is one way of implementing equity in policies.
In Australia, single parenthood is on the rise. It was observed with the data collected by the Australian bureau of Statistics that single parenthood could be on the rise. While single parenthood in itself does not connect back to socio-economic need for such a package, it was established with the help of the ABS data that around 63 per cent of parents in Australia who have at least one child were jobless. The jobless situation would render socio-economic negative aspects to the children as the children would be affected directly. The joblessness situation makes the parents face the dire need of not being able to foster the children. With the sense of dependency and the problems of single parenthood, more and more single parents are indeed under the poverty line. Some of the other points noted in the ABS are as follows,
“Single parent is more likely to be jobless when their child is younger. The ABS estimate 64 per cent of single-parent families with a child under four years old didn’t have a job, which drops to 36.5 per cent when the child turns five. Single mothers are also far more likely to be jobless than single fathers. When their children are under four years old, only 14.01 per cent of single mums had a full-time job versus 51.2 per cent of dads” (Connaughton, 2016, para. 4).Single parenthood concerns are hence seen to be directly tied up to child development and will have to be addressed.