Survey warns of parents’ stress

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PARENTS are reaching breaking point with family life, a new survey has found.

Home-Start UK have found 40 per cent of parents with children under five say they are at breaking point because of the stress and strains of family life.

Another 63 per cent admit their stress can damage their relationship with their children, with 93 per cent understanding the impact this could have on their children’s future mental and physical wellbeing.

Home-Start Calderdale manager, Linda Crowther said: “Every year 120 families who feel they have nobody to turn to are turning to us for help as they face crises such as poverty and isolation. We support 350 of vulnerable children across Calderdale and our services are being stretched. And in some parts of the country local Home-Starts cannot keep up with demand.

“We believe that there are an unacceptable number of families at breaking point and, without the funding we need, we are forced to turn away potential volunteers because we simply do not have the money to train them. And the inevitable consequence is that struggling families and vulnerable children are left without much needed support.”

The survey marks the start of the charity’s Childhood Starts Now campaign to raise funds to help it continue to support local Home-Starts.

For more details visit www.reachthechild.org.