Bishop Rachel responds to Good Childhood Report

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Bishop RachelBishop Rachel responds to Good Childhood Report

 Wednesday 30 August 2017

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek was shocked and saddened after reading the latest research released from the Children’s Society Good Childhood Report.

Bishop Rachel said. ““The latest report out today from the Children’s Society, once again highlights the unhappiness of many young people across our country. Young people are facing increasing pressures in all areas of their lives, from their personal safety and money worries to how they look, which is having a damaging impact on their lives and mental health. All of us need to live and act in ways which ensure the wellbeing of children and young people and work to create environments in which they can flourish and fulfil their potential.”

Bishop Rachel has been trying to draw public attention to the unhappiness of many young people, specifically rooted in their dissatisfaction with their physical appearance. She has spent time in schools and youth groups, listening to children and young people about their concerns and fears and challenging negative body image.

Bishop Rachel will be hosting a national conference next year on this issue at which a representative from the Children’s Society will speak in detail on the findings of the Good Childhood report 2017.

To read the report visit  –https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/the-good-childhood-report 

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For more information contact:

Lucy Taylor, Head of Communications, 01452 835515, ltaylor@glosdioc.org.uk

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  1. Great to see this being highlighted. We also need to pay attention to pressures put on our children and young people by a school system that too often overemphasises the academic in a “one size fits all” way. There are too many schools that fail to fully value and nurture the abilities of young people in areas other than academic. Too many schools put excessive pressure on young people, including the most able, to achieve academically. The news coverage of St. Olaves in Diocese of Rochester was just one example. Similar things happen in many other schools including some in our Diocese. Natasha Devon was sacked from her schools mental health role by the Government for pointing this out. As an education provider the Church needs to have the courage to speak out about this. Another example is the way in which too many children from disadvantaged backgrounds who were supported and nurtured in primary school, struggle and start failing in the different atmosphere & focus of some of our secondary schools.

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