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Children will copy violence seen at home, says report
By Paul Donovan
A Catholic Children’s charity has backed an NSPCC report which found that children who witness violence at home are more likely to seriously harm someone else, carry a weapon or be excluded from school.
Steve Webb, Director of Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society, confirmed that the circle of violence was something it had always been aware of and needs addressing.
The NSPCC researchers questioned more than 6,000 children, young people and carers, and said it found “a clear link between witnessing family violence at a young age and serious behavioural problems in later life”.
Now the charity is urging
Approximately 750,000 children across the UK witness acts of domestic abuse every year adult and children’s services to work together to ensure youngsters’ needs are addressed when violence is reported in their homes.
It is also asking schools to look out for bad behaviour being a potential indicator of abuse at home.
The NSPCC’s research says children who witness family violence, although not being direct victims, are four times more likely to carry a weapon or seriously harm someone than children from non-violent homes. They are also three times more likely to be involved in different types of anti-social behaviour and twice as likely to be excluded from school.
The same group of youngsters is three times more likely to take drugs, steal, write graffiti or bully and twice as likely to get drunk or into fights. They are five times more likely to run away from home.
“As the report says, ‘this is something we have always known’” and unfortunately our experience at Brentwood would bear this out completely,” said Mr Webb.
“In recent times, we have seen the ever-increasing damage done to children exposed to violent behaviour and we work very closely with primary and secondary schools in order to provide exactly the sort of early intervention work the report asks for.
“We understand that early intervention is far better than remedial action but we also work with the Home Office scheme to help children who have become involved with knives and gang culture.”
Liam Allmark, public affairs officer at Caritas Social Action Network said: “This report provides further evidence of the significant and long-term damage that witnessing abuse can cause to a child’s development.
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School celebrations that the Queen was really cut out for
With Jubilee celebrations across the UK, these youngsters from Loreto Preparatory school in Altrincham, Cheshire were determined not to miss out.
A life-sized cut out of Her Royal Highness was the centrepiece of the school’s celebrations, which even made their way into the curriculum.
“In three years and seven months, Queen Elizabeth will become our longest serving monarch, and whatever the country’s current difficulties, she has presided over a Golden Age, said headmistress Rosemary Hedger.
“Our monarch is incredibly popular, especially with her youngest subjects.”
Faith is central to Queen
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