Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Tuesday 26th September
 
More than one in ten people in debt do not have a bed to sleep in at night, and others have to rent a bed by the week because they can’t afford to buy their own, a report published by the charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) suggests, writes a staff reporter. New survey data from 1200 of CAP’s new clients in the UK also found that one in three of those who came to them for help could not afford a washing machine, and a quarter could not buy a television.
Social IssuesChurch Times - June 30 2017
 
The fall in teenage pregnancies in the UK can be linked to funding cuts for sexual health services, according to new research. Funding changes meant less advertising for services and made contraceptives less readily available. The findings have been described as a ‘wake-up call’ to those who continue to claim such services are needed to reduce teen pregnancies. The Government spent hundreds of millions of pounds on its Teenage Pregnancy Strategy between 1999 and 2010 before it was axed.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute Newsletter - Summer 2017
 
Two year old children should be taught about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual issues, according to National Union of Teachers (NUT). At its annual conference in April, delegates passed a motion calling for compulsory teaching of LGBT issues “throughout all phases of state education” including nurseries.
EducationThe Christian Institute Newsletter - Summer 2017
 
The information reveals that 11.5 per cent of BBC bosses and 10.6 per cent of staff are LGBT. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics only 1.7 per cent of the population is lesbian, gay or bisexual. The number of people who have obtained a gender recognition certificate to change their legal birth sex is only 4,500 – around 0.007 per cent of the UK population.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute Newsletter - Summer 2017
 
The statistics are startling: around 75 percent of 5-15 year olds now use a tablet. 20 percent of 8-15 year olds, when questioned, said they believed that everything they see on social media is true. And only one third of 12-15 year olds could identify the advertising they were seeing in their search engine. It’s estimated that around 90% of children have a digital footprint in the form of photos and family information posted on social media by the time they reach their second birthday. Research shows that 92 percent of parents manage their child’s time on the internet.
MediaFamilies First - May/June 2017
 
A recent study showed that 75 per cent of parents think sex education should be compulsory and that schools should teach about these issues.
EducationFamilies First - May/June 2017
 
50 per cent of young people feel comfortable sharing their faith all or most of the time, according to a survey by HOPE Revolution partnership.
Young PeoplePremier Christianity - July 2017
 
Seven in ten women would like to see the time limit for abortion reduced, according to a poll by the pro-life group ‘Where do they stand’.
Social IssuesPremier Christianity - July 2017
 
1.5 million young people in the UK experienced bullying in the last year. (Ditch the label report)

64% of parents fear girls are more likely to be bullied over social media than boys. 34% of parents fear boys are more likely to be bullied on gaming platforms than girls (Internet Matters survey)
Young PeoplePremier Youth and Children’s Work – July 2017
 
Youth for Christ asked young people what things made them feel an idea or suggestion was worth exploring further: 49 per cent said that it was important that the idea made sense to them, 45 per cent were looking for something they considered worthwhile, yet only 27 per cent of young people would be interested in something because it meets a specific need that they have.
Young PeoplePremier Youth and Children’s Work – July 2017
 
Youth for Christ...undertook a piece of research called Gen Z: rethinking culture. Of the 1,001 11-18 year olds asked, 47 per cent said they did not believe in God. 32 per cent said they believed in God and this was highest among 11-14 year olds (22 per cent said they believed in ghosts and spirits). Of the 32 per cent who believed in God, 59 per cent considered themselves a follower of Jesus and the Christian faith and 15 per cent said they were unsure. Of that same 32 per cent who said they believed in God, 41 per cent said that they pray and 47 per cent of those who pray, prayed daily. When we asked young people what things might cause them to think about God, 35 per cent answered that they had not thought about God or spirituality at all.
Young PeoplePremier Youth and Children’s Work – July 2017
 
A recent report has revealed that Instagram is the worst social media site in terms of its impact on the mental health of young people. The Royal Society for Public Health’s (RSPH) survey of 14-24 year olds found that the photo-sharing app negatively impacted on people’s body image, sleep and fear of missing out. It concluded that Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter are also harmful, with only YouTube deemed to have a positive impact.
MediaPremier Youth and Children’s Work – July 2017
 
Councils in the UK face a £2 billion funding gap to support vulnerable children by 2020. (Local Government Association report)
Social IssuesPremier Youth and Children’s Work - July 2017
 
There was a 33% rise in referrals about domestic abuse among children in the UK last year.
Young PeoplePremier Youth and Children’s Work - July 2017
 
62% of Scottish 15-year-old girls feel pressured by school work ‘a lot’, up from 29 per cent in 2010 (Scottish Government report)
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work - July 2017
 
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