Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

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Last update: Monday 16th July
 
Two-thirds of people who try a cigarette go on to become daily smokers, a new study has found. Researchers found that 69% of people who had ever tried a cigarette had gone on to become a daily smoker, even if just temporarily. The authors from Queen Mary University of London said the study showed “the remarkable hold that cigarettes can establish after a single experience”. Data from eight surveys were included for analysis.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel – 10 January 2018
 
One in five Britons (19 per cent) has been approached about making a compensation claim for holiday sickness, according to new research. Travel trade organisation Abta commissioned the poll and warned that claims management firms are urging millions of people to make false claims. It said there has been a six-fold rise in UK claims since 2013. This is despite sickness reports in resorts remaining stable and travellers from other countries not experiencing the same issues.
HealthThe Sentinel – 9 January 2018
 
Money worries could drive more than one in 10 married couples to split this year, according to new research. Some 22% of people have considered ending their relationships, a survey found, with family finances cited as the main reason for break-ups. Other top causes for tension include working long hours, domestic responsibilities, not spending enough time together, and lack of sex, the results of the study of 2,093 British people found.
FamilyThe Sentinel – 8 January 2018
 
Anxiety in numbers: 1 in 10 teenagers in the U.K. have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Half of problems with mental health start before age 14. 45% of young people feel anxious about their body image. 37% worry about school work. 78% of teenagers say there is stigma to mental ill health. 24% wouldn’t ask for help.
Young PeopleThe King’s Arms Youth Project (Premier Youth and Children’s Work – March 2018)
 
The government has released data around the Youth Justice System in England and Wales. Youth arrests (between 10 and 17) have decreased by 79 per cent in the last ten years, and the number of first time entrants to the Youth Justice System has dropped by 85 per cent. However, 42 per cent of young people reoffended, which is nearly double the rate of adults.
CrimePremier Youth and Children’s Work – March 2018
 
A report has tracked what children want to be when they are older. Sports player was the most popular career choice, while vlogger scored higher than TV star for the first time.
Young PeoplePremier Youth and Children’s Work – March 2018
 
There has been an 83% increase in 5 to 7-year-old carers since 2001. 46% of young carers wake up in the night to look after someone. 80% of young carers carry out their duties daily. 75% of young carers provide emotional support to family members. 10% of young carers go unaccompanied to the shops.
Young PeoplePremier Youth and Children’s Work – March 2018 and Carers Trust
 
As the government asks for public opinion on teaching about sex and relationships, a new poll suggests parents should be at the heart of what is being taught. Research carried out by ComRes and commissioned by the Evangelical Alliance found that almost 80 per cent of adults believe parents should have access to the content created for children ahead of lessons when it’s due to be delivered. Two thirds believe it is the job of parents to decide when children should learn about sensitive subjects such as sexual activity and orientation.
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work – March 2018
 
The top ten most googled queries in 2017 included questions around modern tech, Trump jargon and current affairs. The top ‘how to’ questions included how to tie a tie, how to kiss and how to make money. Google’s data editor Simon Rogers pointed out that ‘how to’ searches have increased by more than 140 per cent since 2004.
MediaPremier Youth and Children’s Work – March 2018
 
After much criticism, Bolivian president Evo Morales announced on 21 January that his government would repeal a law that seemed set to make evangelism a crime. The new penal code, placed the ‘recruitment of persons for their participation in religious organisations or cults’ alongside recruitment for armed conflicts or sexual exploitation. The punishment would have been 7-12 years in prison. Catholic and Protestant church leaders protested, fearing it could lead eventually to evangelism being made a crime.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now – March 2018
 
All religious establishments in China will be bound by the new Regulations for Religious Affairs that came into force on 1 February amid reports that Christians are being sent to ‘re-education’ camps to re-orientate people to be loyal to the communist ideology. More than 100 Christians have been sent to ‘re-education’ camps in China’s north-western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the past few months.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now – March 2018
 
A report presented to Parliament in January by MP Frank Field showed that as many as 1 million older people are starving in their homes because of loneliness and isolation. The report quotes a woman in her 80s whose husband went into a care home with dementia. The district nurse, who had been visiting her husband to help with food, stopped coming and, with no one else visiting, the woman did not eat a proper meal for nine weeks. This went unnoticed until a neighbour called two months later. A man in his 90s was reported as banned from his local supermarket – because he fell twice and was an insurance risk – so he was unable to buy food.
The ElderlyEvangelicals Now – March 2018
 
Internally displaced persons (IDPs) – who remain in their countries after being forced to flee their homes – are being overlooked 20 years after a landmark UN agreement on the issue, Christian Aid has said. Although there were twice as many IDPs as refugees, and their numbers had risen by ten million in four years, new UN discussions on the refugee crisis had side-lined IDPs, Christian Aid’s political adviser, Tom Viita, said; and UN guidelines agreed 20 years ago were vital, but political interest in implementation had waned just as the problem had spiralled out of control.
World IssuesChurch Times – 16 February 2018
 
Marriage rates have fallen to their lowest ever, prompting calls for the media, Government and schools to support the institution. Official figures for England and Wales show 239,020 weddings between opposite sex couples took place in 2015 – and that the marriage rate was at its lowest since 1862.
FamilyThe Christian Institute - 2nd March 2018
 
Almost all cannabis seized by police is now high-potency ‘skunk’, a new study shows, prompting concern about the “significant hazard” to mental health. The research revealed that 94 per cent of cannabis confiscated by police in five areas of England was skunk – compared to just over half in 2005.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 2nd March 2018
 
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