Children’s wellbeing and moving home multiple times - The Children's Society

Monday 24 April 2017

The Children's Society says children are shouldering a number of burdens as a result of growing up in poverty. Picture: The Children's Society.

A three-year study by The Children's Society found that moving house multiple times was a key issue for children, with one nine-year-old having moved home at least eight times and attended four schools.
The report, called Growing up in Hard Times, was produced in partnership with the University of Bath based on interviews with 60 children. It found that children were shouldering a number of burdens as a result of growing up in poverty: making long journeys to school, having to stay indoors in unsafe neighbourhoods and struggling to sustain friendships after moving area or school.

Matthew Reed, chief executive of The Children's Society, 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 charity is calling for the government to ensure that financial support for housing costs increases in line with local rents for families who are renting privately, to help poorer families secure their children's homes over the long term.