Poverty and homelessness are among the social issues that kids are most concerned about according to a new survey that found families fear childhoods are getting worse in the UK.
The Action for Children/YouGov study asked 5,000 children and adults if growing up in the UK has got worse over time following drastic cuts to children’s services since 2010.
The charity previously warned that a 62 per cent cut in early years service spending had seen the number of kids using Sure Start centres in England drop to 1.8 million.
That is one of the factors that is behind the results of the survey, with 62 per cent of grandparents, 60 per cent of parents and a third of kids warning that it is a worse time to grow up in 2019 than in past years.
"It's worse today than ever."
15-year-old Cathal McCann says he went through a period where he felt "worthless".
Experts are warning of a "childhood crisis" as youngster face unparalleled social pressures.
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“Adult issues” also have an impact – 91 per cent of kids, some young as 11 years old – feel the social pressure from political turmoil while poverty and homelessness are chief among those issues.