further 67 per cent admitted they had come across problems in their
life where they felt they had nobody to lean on for help.
a result, 56 per cent have ended up in more trouble after keeping a
problem to themselves rather than confiding in someone else.
statistics emerged in a study by charity, UK Youth, to launch
its #KeepMeSafe campaign, which calls on all organisations working
with young people to "look" at their safeguarding policies,
"listen" to young people and take action during National
to see just how long young people spend feeling worried or stressed
and how many of them have to go through these issues alone, without
anyone to turn to for advice and guidance," a spokesperson for the
charity said. “Despite living in our ever-connected world,
young people need safe spaces more than ever.
many, their local youth club is the only place that provides them
with a trusted adult to confide in and access to the advice, support
and guidance needed to feel safe and build bright futures.
to stop young people feeling worried or stressed in a society where
issues of grooming, online peer pressure, extremism and hate crimes
are rising, many youth services need to be supported with additional
safeguarding resources and training."
study found money worries are the biggest cause of young adults’
stress followed by fears about their future.
millennials suffer worst falls in incomes of any advanced economy
apart from Greece, report reveals
about their weight and overall appearance, as well as their health
completed the top five. Getting ajob,
achieving a good work/life balance and getting onto the properly
ladder are also among the common stresses young people have.
despite spending such a huge amount of time feeling concerned, the
average young adult has just four people they feel they could turn
to for help.
those aged 18 to 25 having an average of 165 friends on social
media, 85 per cent still had moments where they feel lonely.
than 40 per cent thought social media added to their
worries and stress, while more than half of those said it
leaves them feeling under more pressure to keep up with everyone.
per cent said they struggle with the lack of privacy, 40 per
cent said they feel as pressured to impress others and 33 per
cent feel like they need to make their lives sound better than it
researchers found that even those who do have someone they can
approach with a problem, do not always get the help they need
with more than half admitting they had felt ‘fobbed off’ or
ignored by someone, while 68 per cent find it difficult to
share problems in the first place.
leads to more than six in 10 respondents being more likely to battle
on alone than go to anyone else if they have a problem or need
Youth’s spokesperson added: “Safeguarding has hit the headlines
recently but it’s something we’ve been working to strengthen for a
long time now. Research from our network and these new stats
suggest the needs of young people have transformed in the last few
years due to online/offline pressures and societal changes.
taken the positive approach to support our membership and work with
colleagues across the youth sector to improve safeguarding and
better support young people at a grass roots level in youth
organisations across the UK.
developed a safeguarding programme and assurance scheme to set a
benchmark for youth organisations and support the delivery of a
minimum level of practice consistent with operating a safe
organisation. After the success of last year’s launch of
National Safeguarding Month and in light of recent events, we hope
our #KeepMeSafe campaign encourages all organisations working with
young people take time to stop what they’re doing, look at their
safeguarding policies, listen to their young people and take
will run throughout National Safeguarding Month, from 1st-31st