Problem

After-school unsupervised children

Other Names:
Lack of out-of-school care facilities
Unstructured afterschool engagement
Incidence:
More than two-thirds of British mothers with school-age children go out to work, corresponding to five million school-age children. 15% of children aged five to ten are left alone after school, and this figure rises to 20% during school holidays. On one day in 1991 alone, four attempted abductions of children occurred. In the UK in 1991 there were only 300 out-of-school schemes nationwide, for at most 14,000 children. This means places for less than one percent of school-age children. Even if schools offer their premises at a low rent, an after-school scheme costs £45,000 a year which means charging £30 a week for each child using it.
Claim:
There is a lack of infrastructure for a feminized work force. The school day is based on family life when mother was waiting at home. Now when the government needs women to work, we should demand they build an after-school service as a positive part of social education.
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
15.02.1999 – 00:00 CET