Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Wednesday 17th January
 
The average UK family will spend £514 on school dinners each year (Provident Personal Credit).
FamilyPremier Youth and Children’s Work - October 2017
 
The NSPCC has revealed that its helpline has dealt with the highest number of calls and emails about child neglect in its history. In 2016-17 it received 19,448 calls and emails from adults concerned about child neglect, the equivalent to 53 a day. 87 per cent of those contacts were serious enough to be referred to social services or the police for further investigation, Many cases involved children under five.
Social IssuesPremier Youth and Children’s Work - October 2017
 
71% of 18 to 24-year-olds say they belong to no religion (British Attitudes Survey).
Religion/SpiritualityPremier Youth and Children’s Work - October 2017
 
45% of 14 to 15-years-olds are not living with both parents (Marriage Foundation).
FamilyPremier Youth and Children’s Work - October 2017
 
60% of South Sudanese child refugees need therapy for conflict-related trauma (World Vision).
Disasters/WarPremier Youth and Children’s Work - October 2017
 
Children’s charity Fegans surveyed 627 children and 177 parents for its Strength to share report to find out what children worry about and what makes them happy. Of the 566 children who wrote what made them happy, 43 per cent attributed it to friends and family. 18 per cent put it down to hobbies and only 10 per cent cited religion.
Young PeoplePremier Youth and Children’s Work - November 2017
 
According to the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE), 28 per cent of secondary schools give no dedicated curriculum time to RE. It estimates that this equates to 800,000 pupils missing out. The number is even higher within academies, which make up the majority of secondary schools. A third don’t offer formal RE teaching to 11 to 13-year-olds, rising to 44 per cent for 14 to 16-year-olds.
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work - November 2017
 
63% of school aged children wouldn’t care if social media didn’t exist. 60% think friends portray a fake version of themselves online.
MediaPremier Youth and Children’s Work - November 2017
 
It was recently revealed that more than a quarter of 16 to 18-year-olds have admitted to bullying or insulting someone online. Over a third of all boys have admitted to antisocial behaviour online, matched against 22 per cent of all girls. Nine in ten of those young people who have bullied someone online have themselves been targeted.
Young PeoplePremier Youth and Children’s Work - November 2017
 
Ipsos Mori recently surveyed 2,612 11 to 16-year-olds to find out their most trusted professions, and vicars ranked fifth.
Work/EmploymentPremier Youth and Children’s Work - November 2017
 
Attacks on the freedom of religion are on the rise around the world, and protecting that freedom must become a priority of both the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development (DfID) a new report by a parliamentary group argues.
Religious PersecutionChurch Times - 27th October 2017
 
A study that links pollution to one in six deaths worldwide, of which 92 per cent occur in developing countries, has prompted the aid agency Tearfund to amplify its calls for “repair, recycling, and reuse”. The report of the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health published last week, links pollution to nine million deaths worldwide in 2015. It found air pollution to be the biggest contributor, linked to 6.5 million deaths, water pollution to 1.8 million; and workplace-related pollution to 0.8 million. Almost all the pollution-related deaths (92 per cent) occurred in low and middle income countries.
World IssuesChurch Times - 27th October 2017
 
There are 94,000 children currently in the care system in the UK, with 35,000 coming into care in any one year.
Social IssuesPremier Christianity - November 2017
 
Presenter of Radio 4’s In Our Time, Melvyn Bragg has encouraged schools to reintroduce Bible readings so that children aren’t “deprived” of “the depth of language” in the words.
What famous people sayPremier Christianity - November 2017
 
A growing number of schools are removing the historical terms BC and AD from religious education lessons in a bid to avoid offending non-Christians. Teachers in East Sussex and Essex are among those replacing ‘Before Christ’ and ‘Anno Domini’ (which means the year of the Lord) with ‘Before Common Era’ (BCE) and ‘Common Era’ (CE) according to an investigation by The Mail on Sunday.
EducationPremier Christianity - November 2017
 
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