Key Quotes - Young People

Key Quotes - Young People

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The number of children expressing confusion over their ‘gender identity’ has reached a record high in Scotland. There were 222 children who were referred to specialist services in 2017, a 21 per cent increase on the previous year.
Young PeopleThe Christian Institute - 13th July 2018
 
We are seeing a heightened issue with body image among young people, with recent figures suggesting that five per cent of our teenagers battle with body dysmorphia. The main issue is that young people are constantly surrounded by images. When they are at school they are scrolling through their phones and seeing images of other people. Then when they come home they see them again.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work - July 2018
 
More than 400,000 British teenagers have been lured into under-aged casino-style gambling through their video gaming, an investigation has revealed. The children, aged 13 to 18, have been able to gamble winnings from their video gaming on websites where they can bet them for cash on roulette wheel spins or other games of chance.
Young PeopleThe Telegraph - 28th June 2018
 
Teenagers are spending up to 12 hours online a day mindlessly swiping through social media without looking at any single piece of content for more than a few seconds, a unique study has found.
Young PeopleThe Telegraph - 29th June 2018
 
96% of teachers have worked with children experiencing mental health issues.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work – June 2018 (National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers)
 
12% of UK youth are unemployed compared to 16.2% for the European Union as a whole.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work – June 2018 (Office for National Statistics)
 
3/5 of young people regularly feel stressed. 1/2 of young people feel they do not know how to cope with setbacks in life.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work – June 2018 (The Prince’s Trust)
 
A recent report from University of Glasgow professor Rory O’Connor reveals one in nine young people in Scotland attempt suicide.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work – June 2018
 
Teenage pregnancy rates have dipped to their lowest level since records began almost half a century ago, new figures show. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that 2016 saw the lowest under-18 conception rate in England and Wales since comparable statistics were first produced in 1969.
Young PeopleThe Sentinel - 28th March 2018
 
Over two thousand children were referred to the NHS’ gender identity clinic in the past year, prompting fresh concerns that more and more young people are being pushed into transsexualism...The figures are a 25 per cent increase from the previous year, with girls outnumbering boys by more than two to one.
Young PeopleThe Christian Institute - 23rd May 2018
 
At the age of 11, children from the poorest 20 per cent of households are four times more likely to have a serious mental-health difficulty than those in the wealthiest 20 per cent.
Young PeopleChurch Times – 18th May 2018
 
A “profound” lack of curiosity about religion, faith or God was evident in interviews with teenagers explored in a report from the charity Youthscape, published this week. Researchers detected, in addition to “spiritual apathy,” a fear that questions might cause offence, a reiteration of the sentiment that “we are all the same,” and a “passive engagement” with God, in which young people believed that “God has to come to me”.
Young PeopleChurch Times - 2nd March 2018
 
A new study asking children in care about their experiences found that half those under the age of seven did not know why they were in care. The study, by the charity Coram Voice and the University of Bristol, is the largest of its kind, surveying 2263 children and young people across different regions. On the whole, the survey found that most children and young people felt that being in care had improved their lives. But younger children’s experience was less positive.
Young PeopleChurch Times - 23rd February 2018
 
The Gambling Commission suggests that up to half of children are gambling on computer games without their parents’ knowledge. This is done through seemingly harmless games that contain ‘loot boxes’, where they are encouraged to bet on the contents of the box.
Young PeoplePremier Youth and Children’s Work – February 2018
 
180,000 children in the UK are in the care of relatives.
47% of carers say they are not getting the financial support they need.
52% of children in kinship care have experienced abuse or neglect.
5% of carers are entitled to statutory support.
Grandparents Plus report on kinship care.
Young PeoplePremier Youth and Children’s Work – February 2018
 
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