Putting the child at the centre
Our work is child centred and recognises that all families regardless of background can have difficulties but may not know how to access the right support. There may also be concerns that asking for help will result in unwanted intervention. Our services aim to provide children and their parents/carers with the tools to manage their lives effectively. Central to this work are the core concepts of building self-esteem and resilience in children and supporting parents in managing this.
Many the issues can be traced back to generational problems from early childhood, this is supported by developments in psychology and neuroscience. With Kids is based on a preventative approach that involves early intervention, working in tandem with children and families to enable the best life chances possible.
Why With Kids is needed
With Kids is based in the East End of Glasgow and in South West Edinburgh which have some of the highest levels of poverty in Scotland and the UK. Although the facts and figures that follow may seem bleak, not all families will have the same issues. However, living in or near an area of high poverty can affect you directly or indirectly through crime, lack of amenities, poor educational facilities etc.
Some Facts and Figures
More than 1 in 5 (220,000) of Scotland’s children are officially recognized as living in poverty. This means growing up in families with the resources to ‘obtain the type of diet, participate in the activities and have the living conditions and amenities’ which are the norm in 21st Century Scotland.
- By the age of 5, children living in poverty lag between 10 and 13 months behind more affluent peers in terms of school readiness and attainment.
- 3 year olds in households with incomes below £10,000 are 2.5 times more like to suffer chronic illness.
- Children in low-income households are nearly 3 times more likely to suffer mental health problems.
- Physical damage sustained when someone is a child is not always reversible
- If poor physical or mental health results in poor educational attainment and disaffection with society, the underachievement and low self esteem will affect wellbeing for life
- Children and young people who experience control over their own lives can see the point in developing good habits (e.g. diet, exercise, positive coping strategies) which will have long term positive effects
- Poor health in a child causes strain in the family, affecting parents’/carers’ health, relationships and employment
- A child born in Lenzie North, a more affluent area of Glasgow can expect to live 28 years longer than a child born in Calton, a more deprived Calton area of the same city.
- The highest levels of poverty can be found in families with young children.
- In 2010/2011 1 in 5 school leavers from deprived areas in Scotland went straight into unemployment – compared with an average of 1 in 10.