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Supporting Evidence

Opportunities in life should not be based on a postcode lottery, but available to all young people, regardless of background and ability.  Young people today face an unprecedented range of daily challenges which are often reported in the media and press.  All of which, further support our drive to provide every young people across the country, with a safe and inspiring place to spend their leisure time, with access to employability, health and sporting initiatives which make a huge contribution to their emotional and physical wellbeing.

Duchess of Cambridge to campaign for children at risk

Published: 15th September 2018 The Times

The Duchess of Cambridge is launching a “lifelong” campaign to help children from deprived backgrounds to reach their potential.

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“A Space of Our Own” – The role and value of youth organisations in strengthening communities

Published: 10th September 2018 London Youth

The report demonstrates the benefits that youth organisations bring not just to young people but to their wider communities.

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Panorama: Murder on the Streets

Published: 3rd September 2018 BBC iPlayer

Across Britain, serious violence is rising. There have been over 90 murders in London in 2018 alone, which includes sixteen teenagers. Panorama investigates why.

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Axing Youth Clubs is a Costly Mistake

Published: 29th August 2018 New Statesman

“If people had a chance to come to a place like this, they could get away from their life on the streets.”

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Doreen Lawrence warns ‘there’s not much out there for young people’ on the capital’s streets

Published: 28th August 2018 Evening Standard

The mother of Stephen Lawrence spoke about the rising levels of knife crime on London's streets during an appearance on Loose Women. 

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Fighting school holiday hunger in Birkenhead

Published: 20th August 2018 BBC News

An estimated three million children are at risk of going hungry over the holidays, when free school meals are off the menu, and the government has pledged £2m to help provide food and activities for children.

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Long summer holidays harm disadvantaged pupils – so scrap them

Published: 17th August 2018 TES

Child poverty expert argues that the long summer break leaves poor children disengaged

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The Good Childhood Report 2018

Published: 1st August 2018 The Children's Society

The Good Childhood Report 2018, produced in partnership with the University of York, is the seventh in a series of annual reports published by The Children’s Society about how children in the UK feel about their lives.

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Record number of obese primary school children

Published: 21st July 2018 Sky News

The battle against obesity continues to be lost, with children increasingly likely to be obese before they start secondary school.

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Sharp rise in pupil exclusions from English state schools

Published: 19th July 2018 The Guardian

Unions point to funding cuts after permanent exclusions rise by about 1,000 from 2016 to 2017.

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Breaking into news – Youth Loneliness

Published: 18th July 2018 ITV

Francesca Dean reports on the problem of loneliness in young people and takes an inside look at the organisations set up to combat this issue.

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‘I watched mum and dad do heroin every day’: Teenager describes growing up with drug addict parents

Published: 4th July 2018 The Independant

'Social workers saw it from the outside in not the inside out. I felt like saying, you don’t understand [...] I’m still going home to my mum who’s doing drugs and feeling suicidal'.

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