Young people used to regular half-term holidays, after-school clubs and a variety of enrichment activities are feeling noticeably deprived of life’s luxuries since the onset of the UK recession.
As well as pining for the good life, Director Jean Cumming believes divorce and family break-down seriously affect children and play a big part in the increase of disruptive behaviour in schools.
Now families are faced with redundancies and tighter budgets, forcing them to spend more time together in smaller spaces, an inevitable recipe for arguments and increased stresses.
Ms Cumming said: “A lot of them [young people] are physically disruptive. They’re hitting other pupils, striking out at teachers, disrupting classes. They’ve either been excluded or are getting into all sorts of problems. We’re seeing vast numbers of young males who need preventative action to stop them becoming angry teens and then an angry man lashing out at you.”
The number of children seeking treatment from the charity has risen from 500 to 750 and the waiting list for NHS child counselling is now 18-months long in some areas.
Children who can’t access the support they need are likely to develop depression and can in some cases resort to destructive behaviours such as self harm.
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