According ITV, children living in poverty are being severely disadvantaged in the British school system, according to a new survey which warns crime is a consequence of inadequate support for such disadvantaged youth.
Problems in areas such as nutrition, the ability to gain adequate rest and the cost of school uniforms and transport were among issues hindering the education of poverty-stricken children, the poll by national children’s charity Buttle UK found.
It found 88% of frontline workers had seen parents unable to afford basics such as food, fuel and other household items at least once a week, with 77% seeing children who had to be fed either breakfast or dinner at school.
“Being unable to afford school uniform or the correct equipment results in children not being able to take certain subjects, or even attend certain schools at all,” the report said, adding bullying was “a huge concern” when children were unable to dress like their peers or have poor quality shoes or school bags.”
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