June 8, 2011
Anyone watching ‘Poor Kids’ on BBC 1 would have got their eyes open to what it is like for a child to grow up below the poverty line in Britain today.
The Programme followed the journeys of 4 small children living in poverty, and showed how families on benefit struggle to meet the most basic needs of their children.
My heart went out to all of the children featured in the Programme, especially 8 year old Courtney. Little Miss Courtney spoke well beyond her years when she described what life was like for her - not having enough food and having to skip meals; not having toys to play with, not being able to go swimming – in fact all the things many other children take for granted. But what I found most shocking from watching the Programme was the state of Courtney’s health and her general appearance, not to mention the conditions she and her family were forced to live in. I don’t think any child in this day and age should have to experience that level of hardship – and yet 3.5 million do.
I hate to say it but in the absence of any renewed efforts to help and support families like Courtney’s the future for many of these children looks bleak.
‘Poor Kids’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b011vnls