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Young people today : statistics on young people’s lives

Department for Education (DFE), corp creator. (2011) Young people today : statistics on young people’s lives.

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"1.1 This paper sets out some key facts and figures about young people today. In doing so it illustrates that young people are an extremely diverse group experiencing a range of different family, economic, social and cultural circumstances. The paper also highlights the wide range of issues facing young people and the variety of activities that they are involved in. Although a minority of young people are engaged in risky, problem behaviours it is clear that young people also take part in a range of pro-social activities and make a positive contribution to society...Wherever possible the evidence below relates to teenagers (13-19) in England. However, operating within the constraints of existing data sources, it is not always possible to present findings for this specific age group or for young people in England (as opposed to Britain or the UK). Nevertheless, it should be possible to build a picture of what life is like for young people today. Where data are available the paper seeks to place the findings for England/UK in an international context and to look at trends over time...The rest of the paper proceeds as follows. Section 2 presents some background information on the demographic characteristics and family circumstances of young people. Section 3 briefly considers some of the main indicators of educational performance including Key Stage 4 attainment, school attendance, and activities post 16. Section 4 looks at wider health and wellbeing including: self reported well being/overall life satisfaction, substance misuse, teenage pregnancy, youth crime, mental health, and bullying. Section 5 looks at young people’s engagement in pro-social activities including out of school activities, volunteering and other forms of civic engagement. Finally, Section 6 looks at how young people are perceived in society." - page 2.

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Publisher: Department for Education
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Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 15:59
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