7 Challenges Affecting Children’s Wellbeing

In the UK, we are facing a major crisis in our classrooms. Children are coming from broken homes, living in poverty and experiencing mental health issues and bullying than ever before. With all of this going on in the life of a child, it is compromising their overall well-being, ability to learn and in turn, making it difficult for teachers to do their jobs.

It is old-fashioned to assume that children should and can leave their personal problems outside of the classroom doors. Teachers and educators in the UK are finding an overwhelming number of children are suffering because of their lives outside of school. Mental health issues are affecting 1 in 10 children and alarmingly, 70% of these children are not receiving appropriate help and interventions at an early enough age. Mental health issues in children are generally associated with their direct environment. Children may suffer if they come from an abusive, dysfunctional home, are not in good physical health, eat a poor diet, and are not getting any exercise. The biggest cause of death for boys aged between 5 and 19 years is suicide and one in every 12 young people deliberately self-harm. In the last four years, the number of young people calling Childline has risen by 36% and in the last 25 years, rates of depression and anxiety among young people has increased by 70%. Interestingly, though not surprisingly, almost 3 in 4 people that come from a low household income report to have experienced a mental health issue, compared to 6 in 10 people that come from the highest household income bracket.

Children spend the majority of their time at school, so it is very important that these schools are nurturing not only the education of the child, but also their wellbeing. The majority of teachers at UK primary schools want to be able to provide a basis for pupils in their classrooms to develop and maintain a healthy and positive wellbeing, but are finding it hard to do so with a lack of skills and time. This is where One Goal comes into play. One Goal want children to be able to achieve successful results at school, not only when it comes to their attainment, but also in their general lives. In order to achieve this, One Goal has developed the ‘Be A Star’ service, which is comprised of seven main areas; Behaviour, Emotions, Aspirations, Self Esteem, Team Spirit, Active Health and Resilience. It is important that teachers are able to identify the biggest issues that children are experiencing from these seven areas so One Goal can help them.

Behaviour: Often, when a child is living in a negative environment at home, their behaviour suffers in the classroom. They may act out, stop listening to teachers, disrupt classes or take out their unhappiness on other children by displaying bullying tendencies. A lot of teachers find that they are having to spend a lot more time managing poor behaviour rather than teach and that is not just affecting those children with the behaviour problems, but also the other children. One Goal helps children work through their behavioural issues and be able to recognise the emotions that come with it. By the end of the program, the results of the child’s attainment on an overall level, improve.

Emotions: As mentioned above, the number of children suffering from mental health issues is on the rise. This can lead to a decrease in learning, socialising and overall happiness in the classroom. One Goal helps children who are struggling with depression and anxiety, general stress and aggression, as well as those who are finding it hard to deal with their emotions, whatever they may be. The result is the whole classroom being a more peaceful environment and helping these children learn to manage their emotions.

Aspirations: Children from lower-socio economic backgrounds, including those living in poverty, tend to have lower aspirations for themselves compared to those who come from wealthier homes. This is because they may not be aware of their future potentials and also lack the confidence to believe in themselves. One Goal mentor children so they are able to set themselves goals and develop their aspirations.

Self-Esteem: Positive self-esteem and confidence is one of the most important attributes a child can have to contribute to a successful education, as well as an overall happy wellbeing. One Goal assists children in building up their self-esteem so they have a positive self-image and are able to fulfil their potential.

Team Spirit: It is important to develop the skills to be a team player, whether in social situations, at home, at school/university or at work. It is especially important for children to learn about team spirit to help them bond with others on a social level. Those with less of an understanding about team spirit tend to bully others and display other forms of anti-social behaviour. One Goal helps children overcome issues such as bullying and provides skills for learning about team spirit.

Active Health: One of the biggest contributing factors to a healthy overall well-being is plenty of exercise and a fresh diet. One Goal offer children a range of ways to stay active during school as well as helping children to keep fit and boost wellbeing.

Resilience: Not everyone is born with a natural resilience towards life – some take things harder than others. One Goal helps children improve their resilience and they are able to challenge themselves more and develop their personal growth.

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