Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

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Last update: Friday 20th July
 
Tracey Crouch, the minister for sport and civil society, has told Christian charities they needn’t worry about hiding their faith while carrying out services.
Religion/SpiritualityPremier Youth and Children’s Work – January 2018
 
According to the charity Refuge, 1 in 5 women in the UK have been subjected to some form of sexual violence since the age of 16. 1 in 3 teenage girls has been pressured into doing something sexual by a partner and a third of female students in the UK have been subjected to inappropriate touching or groping at university.
CrimeChristianity – January 2018
 
Religious people in the United States spend about £900 a year supporting their religious institution; but more than a third feel pressured by peers to do so. This was among the findings of a survey of 875 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim people (of equal numbers) in the country, conducted by the finance blog LendEDU, last month.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times – 15th December 2017
 
Highly conservative faith schools in England that persistently fail to promote or “actively undermine” fundamental British values must be investigated, the latest annual report from Ofsted says. The report, published on Wednesday by the chief inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, found that, overall, 90 per cent of primary schools and 79 per cent of secondary schools were rated as good or outstanding in the past year.
EducationChurch Times – 15th December 2017
 
The number of people who have had to use church and community night shelters has doubled in the past four years, a new report suggests. Nearly 3000 people used night shelters last winter: a 53-per-cent rise on the numbers using them the previous winter, and double the number in 2012. The statistics were published by the Christian charity Housing Justice, which described them as “appalling”. Figures released by the Government’s spending watchdog, the Audit Office, this summer, showed a 134-per-cent rise in rough-sleepers since 2010, and a 60-per-cent rise in the number of families living in temporary accommodation.
HousingChurch Times – 15th December 2017
 
Men who are committed and active members of a faith group are less likely to be violent towards their partner, new research from the charity Tearfund suggests. The study was carried out in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has the highest rate of sexual violence in the world. The charity found that men who were actively engaged in a faith group, whether Christian or Muslim, were more than twice as likely to think that violence towards their partner was never justified, compared with those who were not engaged. Women who were involved in their faith group were also more empowered and able to say no to sex, the survey found.
FamilyChurch Times – 1st December 2017
 
One in 12 children live in countries where their life chances are fewer than those of their parents, a report published last week by UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, suggests. The analysis, released to coincide with World Children’s Day on Monday of last week, found that, in 37 countries, 180 million young people were more likely to exist in extreme poverty, be out of school, or be killed by violence than the equivalent generation two decades before. This was despite significant improvements in living standards for most of the world’s children. UNICEF’s analysis found that the number of people living on less than $1.90 a day had increased in 14 countries, mostly due to unrest, conflicts, or poor governance.
World IssuesChurch Times – 1st December 2017
 
Freedom of Information requests to dozens of NHS trusts by Spurgeons showed that, while admissions to A&E for self-harm had gone up seven years in a row, as many as 60 per cent of children referred to mental-health services by their GP did not go on to receive any treatment.
HealthChurch Times – 1st December 2017
 
The 2016 mission statistics show that 25 per cent of Church of England congregations do not include a single child or young person.
ChurchPremier Youth and Children’s Work – December 2017
 
Nearly one in ten trans pupils get death threats at school (Stonewall)
63% of those bullied confided in their parents (Bullying UK)
52% were subject to false rumours online (Bullying UK)
1 in 3 will self-harm in response to being bullied (Ditch the Label)
Young People(Stonewall) and Premier Youth and Children's Work – December 2017
 
The British Medical Journal has noted a 68 per cent increase in self-harm among 13 to 16-year-old girls over a three-year period. The study suggested that GPs could be getting better at picking up self-harm, but it was likely that rising stress and psychological problems in young people were also behind the trend.
HealthPremier Youth and Children's Work – December 2017
 
The demand for doctors now outstrips supply to such an extent that in some parts of the UK more than 40% of NHS doctors have trained overseas. A new report by the General Medical Council has revealed that, since 2012, the number of doctors on the register has increased by just 2%, while the number of A&E attendances has shot up by 27%. It said the profession was at “crunch point”.
HealthThe Sentinel – 20th December 2017
 
A criminal Code Bill which includes clauses that criminalise religious conversion and the “hurting of religious sentiment” was signed into law on 16th October by Nepali President Bidhya Devi Bhandari. Nepal’s Constitution stipulates that the Hindu faith will be protected by the state, Article 26 (3) of the Constitution restricts religious conversion and the free expression of one’s faith. The Bill was signed on the same day that the UN General Assembly elected Nepal as one of 15 new members of the UN Human Rights Council.
Religious PersecutionEvangelical Now - December 2017
 
Analysis from the Children’s Society suggests that one million children in poverty will not be entitled to free school meals under new Universal Credit proposals. The charity calculates that once a family with one child passes the £7,400 threshold, it needs to earn £1,124 a year more – the equivalent of working 2.4 hours more each week at the national living wage – to make up for the loss in free school meals.
Social IssuesChurch Times - 22/29 December 2017
 
Consumer debt now stands at more than £200 billion, and that means an average of more than £3,000 of debt from car loans, personal loans and credit cards for every man, woman and child in the country.
MoneyChurch Times - 17th November 2017
 
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