Poor children ‘forced to move repeatedly’

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Chldren growing up in poverty struggle with the upheaval of repeatedly moving home, the Children’s Society has reported.

The charity examiend the experiences of 60 chldren from underpriviledge families over a three year period. Many complained of being forced to pack up their belongings and relocate multiple times, often starting at  different schools near their new homes. One nine year-old said he already moved home eight times and attended four different schools.

Children who experience such disruption lose touch with their friends and are sometimes forced to endure long journeys to school and life in crime-ridden neighbourhoods.

One 11 year-old boy reported:

“I’m just thinking why couldn’t they let us live in one place instead of keep moving around. If we stay there for two, three, four months then we have to start packing again, then we have to leave, unpack. Yes, it just keeps going like that.”

Others spoke of going hungry or even begging, and said they’d been punished by teachers for not wearng the correct uniform because their parents were unable to afford it. Most avoided asking their Mum s and Dads for money or other things because they knew there was little spare money and they didn’t want their parents to “feel bad”.

Children’s Society Chief Executive Mattthew Reed said:

“The heartbreaking testimonies of children in this report offer a glimpse into the harsh realities of life for the four million children growing up in poverty in the UK.”

The reported, entitled Growing Up In Hard Times, was produced with the University of Bath. Read it here.

Photo by Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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2 comments

Paul - March 28, 2017 at 10:44pm

Really ? – I thought David Cameron solved British child poverty overnight by simply changing the definition of what constitutes child poverty. Good old Cons.

JamesB - March 30, 2017 at 2:54pm

I think the UN criticised the way the UK brings-up its children, I think we could do so a lot better and was and is a valid criticism. Not good to let children run feral. I did read something the other day about schoolgirls not going to school as unable to buy sanitary products.

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