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Carl
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 05:15 PM
""British youngsters get worst deal, says UN

""Daily Telegraph 14/02/2007


Britain has been ranked bottom out of 21 countries in a United Nations assessment of children's well-being.

The nation's high number of single parents and step-families has contributed to the ranking.

Disaffected British youth: Unicef says youngsters are better off overall in every other industrialised country included in their report

The scathing report by the UN children's fund, Unicef, says youngsters are better off overall in every other industrialised country, including less wealthy nations such as Poland and the Czech Republic.

It says there is statistical evidence to link growing up in single-parent families and step-families with a greater risk of dropping out of school, leaving home early, poorer health, low skills, and low pay.

Of 7.3 million families with parents of working age in Britain, a quarter are lone parents. The nation has far more single-parent families than any other EU nation.

It is predicted that by 2010 there will be more children living in a step-family than in their biological family.

According to today's report, the UK lags in other areas too such as the number of children living in relative poverty, vaccination rates, and the time spent talking, or eating with a parent or parents.

It also has high rates of obesity, drunkenness, bullying, early sexual intercourse, cannabis-taking and teenage pregnancy.

Britain was rated higher for education, but languished in the bottom third for each of the other measures, giving it an overall placing at the bottom, along with the US.:|


The report was published by the fund's Florence-based Innocenti Research Centre before a national inquiry into the state of childhood, chaired by the Government's unofficial "happiness" tsar Lord Layard.

Drawing on 40 separate indicators, it attempts to measure and compare child well-being in six areas: material well-being, health and safety, education, peer and family relationships, behaviours and risks, and young people's own subjective sense of well-being. Bob Reitemeier, the chief executive of The Children's Society, a charity, said today: "We cannot ignore these shocking findings. Unicef's report is a wake-up call to the fact that, despite being a rich country, the UK is failing children and young people in a number of crucial ways."

Anastasia de Waal, the head of family and education at the think-tank Civitas, said: "That we rank so poorly as a rich welfare state is an indictment of Government policy. :D Underlying our poor record are serious social problems that New Labour isn't addressing. ":|

Prof Sir Albert Aynsley-Green, the Children's Commissioner for England, said: "The findings are disheartening but not surprising as they echo what children tell me on a daily basis."

The shadow chancellor, George Osborne, said: "This report tells the truth about Gordon's Brown's Britain."

But the report is bound to be controversial because of some of the ways "well-being" is measured.

For example, the UK rates poorly on relative poverty because some incomes in Britain fall far below the incomes of others in the UK.

Likewise, well-being is measured in terms of how many children live with both parents.

Lone parent organisations argue that there is no evidence that all children with one parent are bound to turn out worse off in adult life than children of traditional family units.

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I am not surprised at all. We have a rotten government which only talks about caring - whilst doing all it can to belittle and downgrade the country. What hope is there for youngsters growing up in such an alienated National environment. Time for a Rethink! Time for a CleanOut!!

compare Holland :

http://forums.skadi.net/dutch_children_happiest-t90134.html?nojs=1#

OneEnglishNorman
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 05:55 PM
That the survey uses "relative poverty" makes me fairly dubious.

TBH we already know about Britain's underclass, this is nothing new. The British were the first to industrialise and the amongst first to de-industrialise, the working classes have been messed about, become addicted to welfarism, suffered bad education, then had foreigners dumped within their local areas.

They are a lost cause. The foul-mouthed vandals and tearabouts of 2007 will be parents themselves in 2025.

Carl
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 07:09 PM
......They are a lost cause. The foul-mouthed vandals and tearabouts of 2007 will be parents themselves in 2025.

well I am surprised at your reaction! there are all sorts of grounds for thinking that this is a flawed report - not least the out of date data which they have used ( - but it is after all an international report , which must have taken some effort - even if it is unreliable!) I cant help thinking that this reflects very badly on the state of Britain in the world today - make no mistake , these finding will be top news for the detractors! Can't you just hear them scoffing at 'the island of apes' ; I take no comfort in the future you have suggested. There was a time when such things would not have been quite so bleak!!

OneEnglishNorman
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 07:17 PM
Well, it's really common sense.

The sulky, foul-mouthed teen "hoodie" with questionable taste in music who slouches around menacingly in urban areas..... is going to be a father one day! And eventually a grandfather.

What fabulous lessons on life and attitude are they going to pass on? The British working classes have been in behavioural decline since at least the 1940s, however materially better off they may be.

There exists no government policy which can magically make people "act better". Governments have the power to produce incentives, practically all of them negative (f.e., welfare payments, housing for single mothers, etc).


well I am surprised at your reaction! there are all sorts of grounds for thinking that this is a flawed report - not least the out of date data which they have used ( - but it is after all an international report , which must have taken some effort - even if it is unreliable!) I cant help thinking that this reflects very badly on the state of Britain in the world today - make no mistake , these finding will be top news for the detractors! Can't you just hear them scoffing at 'the island of apes' ; I take no comfort in the future you have suggested. There was a time when such things would not have been quite so bleak!!

Tabitha
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 07:52 PM
I think this is indeed a serious cause for concern. It's interesting that we seem to have sunk so low under a Labour government. The Sunday Times magazine recently published an excellent article on Tony Blair's attack on the family. I think this has a great deal to do with the collapse of the two parent family and the general acceptance of children born out of wedlock as nothing shameful.

The consequence has been millions of fatherless children and women forced to take the bulk of responsibility for what should be a partnership.

The Economist published an article last year saying that the poorest people in Britain were no longer ethnic minorities, but the white working class. The problem is also a benefit system that does not support marriage and makes it unprofitable for people to move back into, granted, low paid employment.

Carl
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 09:32 PM
Well, let me be the first to agree that we have come a long way since the 1940s! I wonder how things will look in 2040.... I shall not see it!