Quarter of parents feel "cut off" and lonely, according to new study

A quarter of British parents feel lonely and isolated, regularly feeling cut off from friends and other sources of support, according to new research published by charity Action for Children.

The findings, based on a survey of more than 2,000 parents, reveal a significant scale of loneliness that for nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of people has become worse since they had children. The importance of having a support network to rely on was also highlighted by parents surveyed by the charity, with more than half (57 per cent) saying  it is particularly important to have friends who are also parents.

The revelations come amid news that more than 100 children's centres in England are earmarked for closure this year, posing a real threat to the vital lifeline of support they offer to parents and families.

A spokesperson for the ACP said: "It's important not to underestimate the impact of loneliness and isolation on parents of young children. Being able to share worries and fears as well as hopes and dreams for our children is a healthy part of learning. Families without this will struggle to build positive and secure attachments."

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