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Positive relationships matter

for some children they matter more than anything

Support from trusted adults, peers, family members and the wider community can make a huge difference to the lives of children and young people. It’s crucial for children to experience positive relationships so that they can build strong networks and develop both emotionally and socially.

Positive relationships benefit children and young people in various ways at different stages of development. That’s why we’re keen to champion these relationships in early years, during childhood, throughout their teens and into young adulthood

The last few years have been difficult

Over the last three years, mental health challenges in children have increased by 50% – and we know that three-quarters of children struggling with their mental health are not getting the help they need. Many of these problems have been caused or worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Cost of Living crisis.

There are still challenges

We recently carried out a survey asking 2,501 parents and 2,501 children and young people aged 11-18 how they felt about the future, and explored issues relating to children’s mental health.

We found that 20% believed their child’s overall happiness and wellbeing has worsened in the last year and 24% said they regularly felt worried about their future.

However, thanks to your ongoing support, BBC Children in Need are continuing to fund thousands of project workers across the UK. These individuals provide the positive relationships needed to help children tackle the challenges that affect them daily – creating a bit of that everyday magic each child deserves.

Several celebrities have chosen to champion our Positive Relationships campaign, coming together to share their personal stories of childhood inspiration. They shine a light on the importance of project workers - who work hard to ensure that children and young people across the UK can thrive and be the best they can be. You can watch their stories below.

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