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Children growing up the UK are faced with a number of issues which could see them end up in trouble, children’s charities have warned.
These could be dealing with domestic abuse or neglect, poverty, criminal exploitation and personal well-being.
Charities like the NSPCC and the Children’s Society deal with vulnerable children on a daily basis, and have seen certain trends emerging in recent years.
The Children’s Society says that its experience of running local services which work directly with disadvantaged children and young people is that they rarely face single problems in isolation.
Instead it suggests children are often contending with multiple disadvantages in different areas of their lives.
The Children’s Society’s 2017 Good Childhood report found that more than one million older children are dealing with at least seven or more serious issues in their lives, which is affecting their happiness.
Some disadvantages they recognise include suffering neglect and being at risk of homelessness.
© Provided by The Press Association Domestic violence was a factor in half of all cases of children in need in England in 2017-18 (Dominic Lipinski/PA) Andrew Fellows, NSPCC public affairs manager, said: “At the NSPCC we hear every day about the harrowing and long-term impact that domestic abuse and neglect is having on children across the country.
“Yet we are working to make sure that it need not be that way. We work with families who have suffered domestic abuse to help them recover their lives, and we are calling on government to ensure that children are now recognised as victims in domestic abuse cases so they receive the protection and support they need.
“We also want early help services that can step in as soon as there is a sign of neglect to stop problems escalating, and help children and families get back on track.
“Tackling these two problems would go a long way in helping some of the most vulnerable young people in the UK.”
Sam Royston, director of policy and research at The Children’s Society, said: “Millions of teenagers are grappling with a multitude of problems in their lives and many are truly suffering.
“In our services we see how vulnerabilities often interact and exacerbate each other, with young people growing up in poverty or facing parental alcohol abuse or neglect, can be more vulnerable to developing mental health issues or becoming victims of child criminal or sexual exploitation.
“Young people deserve better support for all the issues in their lives and to prevent problems before they start.
“We are calling on the Government to plug the funding gap in children’s services, estimated to reach a £3 billion shortfall by 2025, so we can reach these children before they hit crisis point.”