Friday, 4 November 2011

UK public perceptions of children

Yesterday saw the release of the results of a recent poll into public perceptions of children commissioned by Barnado’s. The findings are terrifying and deeply depressing. A staggering 49% of the UK population agree that children today are beginning to behave like animals. 25% think that children who behave badly or anti-socially are beyond help by the age of 10. More people disagreed with the statement that children who get into trouble are in need of help (38%) than agreed (36%). All this despite the fact that the majority of children are well behaved and that significant numbers contribute to their communities.