Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

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Last update: Friday 20th July
 
The Polish Government was warned by the EU about its plan to introduce pro-life legislation, it was reported in January. Polish ministers are pressing ahead with plans to change the law to protect unborn children with disabilities from being aborted. The EU claims that the proposals represent a ‘serious breach of European values’.
PoliticsEvangelicals Now – February 2018
 
Online porn is to blame for a record number of sex crimes by under-18s in Scotland, an addiction charity said in late 2017. A total of 407 minors were reported for rape, attempted rape, sexual assault or other sex crimes. This number included 48 people under the age of 16.
CrimeEvangelicals Now – February 2018
 
One in every four parents is worried about not having enough to eat, the results of a new poll published this week suggest. In a survey of 2032 adults this month, 23 per cent of parents of children under the age of 18, and 27 per cent of parents of primary-school-aged children, said that they had either skipped, or seen someone in their household skipping, meals…The poll was commissioned by the End Hunger UK coalition, which includes the Trussell Trust, Church Action on Poverty, and Oxfam.
Social IssuesChurch Times – 2 February 2018
 
Children aged between 4 and 15 are more likely to watch shows on YouTube than on TV, with TV viewing dropping by a quarter since 2010.
MediaPremier Youth and Children’s Work – 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
 
According to Ofcom, 90 per cent of 12 to 15-year-olds stop to consider the truth of a story they come across online. Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, says this shows that young people are aware of the concept of fake news. They found that 99 per cent of these young people spend nearly 21 hours a week online, and 74 per cent have a social media profile.
MediaPremier 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
 
Ofsted’s recently released 2016-17 annual report is critical of independent faith schools. The Ofsted rating system groups schools into four categories: 'outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’ and ‘inadequate’. According to the report, a third of independent Christian schools were marked as either ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’. One of the main reasons Ofsted cites is the failure to teach British values.
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work – February 2018
 
Oscar award-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson has named the Bible as the book that has changed her life. Hudson told The Guardian she has been reading scripture since childhood.
What famous people sayPremier Christianity – February 2018
 
One in four female modern slavery survivors in the UK are pregnant when they escape from their captors, prompting urgent calls for the Government to better protect vulnerable victims in the aftermath of their ordeal. The main organisation supporting victims of modern slavery in London has revealed the majority of these women are routinely unable to access vital support with their pregnancy, with two thirds not receiving antenatal care until they are over seven months pregnant.
CrimeCARE Impact Direct - 9th March 2018 (Independent)
 
Nearly one in five people retiring in 2018 will be doing so in debt – owing £33,900 on average – a report suggests. Some 19% of people planning to retire in 2018 say they will be carrying some form of debt with them, with credit cards and mortgages the most likely sources of borrowing still left to pay off, Prudential found. Men are more likely to be expecting to retire in debt at 22% versus 16% of female retirees.
MoneyThe Sentinel – 2 February 2018
 
Young people would rather use social media or talk online to people they do not know than have a conversation face to face, research has suggested. Those aged 18 to 24 are around 20 times more likely to never speak to their neighbours, than those aged 55 and over, a survey carried out on behalf of Cancer Research UK found. Experts said the research showed an increasing generational divide between how millennials and baby boomers prefer to communicate.
Young PeopleThe Sentinel – 29 January 2018
 
Surges in knife and gun offences have helped fuel a rise in police-recorded crime. Figures showed forces in England and Wales logged a total of 5.3 million crimes from September 2016 to 2017, up by 14 per cent on the previous year. As well as firearms and knife offences, there were also rises in records of burglary, robbery, sexual crimes, and car theft.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 26 January 2018
 
Sweeping changes to social-economic conditions and living circumstances are the main factors behind a marked drop in car ownership among young people, a study suggests. Academics found the rise in lower-paid and less secure jobs, a decline in home ownership and increased higher education participation influenced the transport decisions of people aged between 17 and 29 since 1990. The high cost of driving and online communication were other factors.
Young PeopleThe Sentinel – 25 January 2018
 
Failing to switch energy supplier has cost millions of UK households more than £1,500 over the past six years, campaigners have warned. Despite the possibility of saving up to £300 a year, a third of people (33%) say they do not see the point of switching because they believe all suppliers are the same, a YouGov poll found. Ofgem figures show that more than some nine million UK households did not change gas or electricity provider between 2012 and 2017.
MoneyThe Sentinel – 22 January 2018
 
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