The Children’s Society: Good Childhood Report 2017

‘My feelings never really come out much. I hold it all in until I just exploded’

The Children’s Society’s new spotlight papers look closely at the lives of teenagers hit hardest by Government cuts to funding for local children’s services. Despite increased need for help, funding is short by two billion pounds.

Findings

Young people have a range of complex, overwhelming issues in their lives. We found that parents’ alcohol abuse affects the lives of 700,000 teenagers. For 3 in 5 of these teenagers, the same parent suffers depression or anxiety. 2 in 5 live with domestic violence and more than 1 in 4 have been homeless. Cuts to funding for children’s services hit these teenagers hard. Without the crucial help they need, they may develop mental health problems, run away or be excluded from school.

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