The chairman of Braintree’s youth charity described a report, which claimed that a quarter of adults believe children are beyond help by the age of 10, as desperately distressing.
Nic Stuchfield, of the Braintree Youth Project Charity, said there would be catastrophic social implications if children were simply put on the scrap heap at such a young age.
The east of England Barnardo’s survey found that 43 per cent of adults believe children are becoming feral, more than half think the trouble with youngsters is that they are angry, violent and abusive, and 39 per cent disagreed that kids who get into trouble need help.
But Mr Stuchfield said: “If the public does hold these negative views of all children then that would be a desperate tragedy. “
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