Children’s Commissioner’s report on young people’s views
The Children’s Commissioner for England has published findings from The Big Ask survey of children and young people aged 4-17 in England.
The survey collected responses from 557,077 children and young people and looked at areas including family, community, health and wellbeing, schools, and life in care.
71% of 9-17‑year‑olds and 94% of 6-8‑year‑olds said they were happy with their life but 20% of children aged 9-17 reported they were unhappy with their mental health.
Children in care or with a social worker (aged 9 to 17) are twice as likely to be unhappy with family life, compared to other children.
Over half (52%) of 9-17‐year‐olds said that having a good education was a priority for the future.
This finding was even higher for children from the most deprived areas (57%), children from ethnic minority backgrounds (60%) and for children with SEND (58%), those in care (57%) and young carers (58%).
Government must commit to strategies to tackle child poverty
The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee has published a report following its inquiry into child poverty in the UK.
The report states that a lack of clear leadership and focus has hindered efforts to reduce the number of children growing up in poverty.
The report indicated that poverty was partly about having insufficient resources to meet minimum needs, once the cost of living is considered.
The committee calls for a new cross-departmental strategy.
This should expand upon the new Inter-Ministerial Group’s goal to identity how to address the cost of living and focus on aspects relating to income, earnings and wider social deprivation linked to poverty.