YOUNG PEOPLE in Leeds are filled with doubt about whether they will succeed in life, according to a new survey.
Research by leading children’s charity Barnardo’s found more than nine in 10 of the city’s 11 to 18-year-olds lacked confidence in the future.
It found more than half of parents agree there is more pressure on young people today than when they were young.
But 61 per cent of adults said their expectations of children ranged from high to too high.
The majority of children said a supportive adult was the most important thing to help them pursue their goals. However, two thirds said adults were ‘not very good’ at telling them they believed they could succeed.
Stephen Oversby, director of Barnardo’s in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “It is vital that our young people can believe in themselves.”
The charity yesterday began its ‘Believe in Me’ campaign which stresses the importance of believing in children.