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Children at risk

Health problems revealed for kids in jobless families | The Australian

“(This is) largely due to the relatively high rate of one-parent households in Australia and the high rate of joblessness among this group,” the AIHW report — Making Progress; The health, development and wellbeing of Australia’s children — says.

The report is not looking good and it seems one parent families  seem to have the adult as unemployed and the children live with the unemployed parent. It means they have no role modelling for work and engagement in anything other than unemployment. They do not get the work routine. We do seem to have a lot of people who are not working and who make it a lifestyle choice either because they cannot gain employment, don’t want to work, or get so pushed around by work they no longer want to work and either drop out or retire. Work is becoming less attractive because of the conditions. The children then become what my mother would have called out of routine. having one parent at home may well be an advantage because someone is looking after the needs of the household and providing family stability, but if the only adult is not working hen money becomes short and the routine of daily work life is totally lost. So then it would be good to see if these children become non attenders at school. We have allowed this to happen. The rich are getting richer so the money is going their way but the price is more poor people and heavy duty work conditions so that the rich can maximise profit. I think we need to get the routines of life back, which means the expectation of being there at school and work has to be there. trying to bring up children on no routine and no moeny is hard. As they become older they become more expensive and challenge the rules more because they are not used to the work a day expectations. We need to get mroe information on specific areas so that we can address the issues because it doesn’t look good and we do have the technology to provide online skills development which would be an easy,  less expensive way of helping people improve theier knowledge and skills.



Retired Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom, wherever that might be, to write on the lives of others.

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