Over the past three years it’s been hard to escape news about Brexit, but young people have been worrying about more than just leaving the EU.

Many children and young people today feel there is little or no possibility of a positive future, what Barnardo’s calls a ‘poverty of hope’.

Our new report ‘Overcoming the Poverty of Hope’ reveals two thirds (67 per cent) of young people believe their generation will be worse off than their parents.

While 85 per cent were optimistic that their physical health and life expectancy will be better than their parents, 69 per cent fear they will have worse mental health.

They’re worried about a whole range of issues from a lack of jobs or careers to high house prices, from mental health to climate change and from poor finances to increased knife crime.

What’s most concerning is they feel they are not being listened to.

The voices of young people are missing from debates about the challenges facing the country.

These are not issues that can be put off until Brexit is solved.

Their concerns are very real and very relevant to their lives – here and now.

So how can we – as adults, leaders, educators, parents, decision makers and politicians – help them overcome this poverty of hope that is hanging over their generation?

We need to work together, believe in young people, nurture their talents, provide opportunities, knock down barriers, and listen to them when it comes to decisions that affect their futures.

Steve Oversby, Director Barnardo’s West Region