Category Archives: Statistics

Government must invest in children’s & youth services

Leading children’s charities and local councils have called on the Government to urgently close the funding gap facing children and young people’s services as new research reveals a sharp rise in families reaching “crisis point”. An open letter signed by five major organisations warns that children’s social care is being pushed to breaking point, with […]

Cathedrals attract record numbers at Christmas

Christmas attendance at services in cathedrals last year reached its highest figure since records began, statistics published today show. A one year rise of 5%, meant that 131,000 people came to cathedrals to worship last Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Increased attendances were also recorded at services in Advent with 635,000 coming to worship during […]

Children’s & youth work links

Links from the world of children’s and youth ministry: Being Present is the Best Present: Beth Craig writes on the importance of being present to support volunteers in youth ministry. A new metric: Jen Bradbury on why recruiting and equipping adult leaders should be a priority in every youth pastor’s work. Parents: Get Inside Your Adolescent’s Brain to […]

75 Percent of Christians in Iraq Have Fled in the Past 14 Years

During roughly the last decade and a half nearly 75 percent of the Iraqi Christian population fled the country. The site Faithwire reports that since 2003, the Christian population in Iraq has dropped dramatically. An Iraqi Christian lawmaker, Josef Sleve, told Anadolu Agency (a news service) that about 2 million Christians lived in Iraq in 2003. He said: The […]

Volunteers gave 7% less of their time to help their communities in the UK

Volunteers gave 7% less of their time to help their communities, at a loss to the UK of more than £1 billion, between 2012 and 2015, the latest figures from the ONS show. In fact, there has been a general decline in the time that the UK’s unsung heroes and heroines spend volunteering since 2005, according to ONS […]

New Forest sees a decrease in suicides

Deaths from suicide in the UK rose slightly from 6,122 deaths in 2014 to 6,188 deaths in 2015 with a subsequent increase in the rate from 10.8 to 10.9 deaths per 100,000 population according to the latest release from the ONS. UK male suicide rate decreases whilst female rate increases to its highest rate in […]

Tens of thousands of UK teenagers neglected at home, report says

Survey of year 10 pupils suggests one in seven experience some form of neglect, risking their physical and emotional health. A survey commissioned by the Children’s Society found that one in seven 14- and 15-year-olds had experienced at least one form of neglectful parenting, the equivalent of three to four students in every year 10 classroom. Emotional […]

Halloween spending stays steady in the UK

You may feel as though Halloween has a much higher profile these days than in the past, and there is evidence from Mintel and Conlumino (retail analysts) that sales of Halloween products have increased substantially. But data from the ONS retail sales bulletin shows that the percentage of annual retail spending taking place in October has stayed […]

Man United break another record… their squad is worth 100% more than Liverpool’s

CIES Football Observatory revealing that they have the most valuable squad of players in world football. As their research into Europe’s top five leagues shows, Man United’s first-team squad cost €718m (£628m) to assemble, putting them ahead of Real Madrid and Manchester City. Interestingly, Liverpool’s €356m (£311m) is less than half of Man United’s outlay, while […]

Young Britons living in ‘suspended adulthood’

Despair, worries about the future and financial pressures are taking a toll on millions of young Britons, according to a poll which found young women in particular were suffering. Low pay and lack of work in today’s Britain are resulting in “suspended adulthood”, with many living or moving back in with their parents and putting off […]

How has the UK student population changed?

September is the time in youth work where we say “hello” to new young people and goodbye to older young people who are making their way into employment or off to university. The ONS has produced some very interesting data about student population in the UK. Student numbers have almost doubled since 1992 Download the […]

Suicide in England and Wales

10 September 2016 is World Suicide Prevention Day.  It serves as a call to action to individuals and organisations to prevent suicide. [slideshare id=65883263&doc=suicidepreventionwk-160910082529] The World Health Organisation estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, that’s 1 person every 40 seconds. There were 5,199 suicides registered in England and […]