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Children and the Big Society

Backing communities to keep the next generation safe and happy

Much research has been undertaken that shows the well-being and resilience of children is strongly linked to their stock of social capital and the quality of their neighbourhood. In short, well-connected children and young people do better. Social capital works by providing children and families with constant routine or ‘natural’ support from friends and neighbours so that a build-up of stress, difficulty and unhappiness does not lead to crisis and the need for acute intervention