Poor Kids: Forced To Grow Up Poor (Child Poverty Documentary) - Real Stories

  • Published on Feb 24, 2016
  • 3.5 million children are growing up in poverty in the UK. It’s one of the worst rates in the industrialised world and successive governments continue to struggle to bring it into line. Struggling & without a voice, 'Poor Kids' shines a light on this pressing issue.
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  • Journey Everyday
    Journey Everyday 2 hours ago +1

    This makes me feel so bad. :( In the UK all schools have uniforms it makes it hard for them.

  • Magen.D. Postema
    Magen.D. Postema 3 hours ago

    That house with all the mold just broke my heart. No child should have to grow up in that.

  • Jewell
    Jewell 7 hours ago

    Maybe if they stop the invasion from all the Countries where the people want a better life they could do a better job of getting there people out of poverty. British people do without while all the Immigrants get all social programs and take there jobs. boy this sounds just like the USA. Get your Liberals out of Office and maybe you can make progress!!!!

  • Iuliana Petronela Odagiu1

    Poor and dirty...

  • Ivana Matic
    Ivana Matic 15 hours ago

    The house where those three girls live is dirty. I saw mom having her nails done when she put a cream on the girl. When they were playing the floor was full of dust and trash. Poor girls. I think that Mum is lazy, and regardless of being a poor house can be clean. Fridge is full of fungi, and she could wash it.

  • Stacey Balla
    Stacey Balla 20 hours ago

    I just can not understand why the people in this documentary have to live so dirty? Poor doesn't have to equal filthy

  • Circle Pawn
    Circle Pawn 21 hour ago

    Am so sorry 😭😭😭⬇😭 for thos kids

    ⬇ like if you want to help tgem

  • Sergey0101007
    Sergey0101007 Day ago

    Хммм у нас в России много кто так живет)) Если у них 3 миллиона в бедности живут, то у нас где то 40 миллионов)

  • Deborah Johnstone

    Poor little thing applying her own cream,unbelievable!

  • Hriiyizhuo Siikruna

    They play with sands when they don't have a toy to play with!!
    It's heart breaking!!

  • Caitlin Harrison

    I think that kid at 3:35 just cried coz he lost lol

  • star lord
    star lord Day ago

    Poor little girl......Her family cant afford their kids let alone children......mum is upset probably lost her local drug dealer

  • star lord
    star lord Day ago

    Why doesn't the government take care of these kids? In Australia docs would be on their arses kids skipping meals?! The schools report everything here!

  • star lord
    star lord Day ago

    The family with the mould the mum is clearly a drug addict, spend thr money on your kids not drugs scum

  • SuperEjmario
    SuperEjmario Day ago

    That is severe eczema

  • Angel_eyes65
    Angel_eyes65 Day ago

    Poor children 😢I wish I could help but I’m barely making it myself.

  • The Rev
    The Rev Day ago

    I wouldn't say I'm poor but the house we are renting has constant leaks, looks gross and has problems that need to be fixed all of the time.
    Other than that I'm just embarrassed having friends over because I don't like being that one friend.. it's kinda sad but other than that I'm happy with what I have and thankful for everything my parents do.

  • Canal Daniella Goracci

    I hope this kids are having a better life now in 2019. So sweet and strong kids. ❤️

  • Catseye333
    Catseye333 2 days ago

    Children that talk like adults...poverty can be hard but they are so clued up about the way the system works and how this world is so wrong. They also play like we used to back in the 1970's not a internet or game devise in sight...Bless em.

  • Generic Red Circle
    Generic Red Circle 2 days ago

    My six-year-old sister has Eczema and watching that poor girl suffer, while her Mother struggles to buy any treatment is devastating. It's such a horrible thing to experience and the idea of a child experiencing such pain is awful. It just adds to the horror of it all.

  • Innovative innovation

    I thought meter boxes for anything, let alone television were illegal since 2000, I may be wrong.

  • TnT DYnoMiTe
    TnT DYnoMiTe 2 days ago

    God bless these families and look over them through their battles. 🙏🏽

  • dogsitter68
    dogsitter68 3 days ago

    too poor for even a vacuum :(

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  • XenoContact
    XenoContact 3 days ago

    I pray to god I'll be rich by the time I have kids, this is not a world for poor people.

  • dogsitter68
    dogsitter68 3 days ago

    mom could be giving bjs for 40.00 a pop but no shed rather see the kids starve

    • dogsitter68
      dogsitter68 3 days ago

      ok one mom may need to charge 20 bob

  • Sab Ht
    Sab Ht 3 days ago

    The poor kids wouldn’t be in this situation if the parents probably stayed in education and got jobs sorry but the employed shouldn’t be saying for thes people who know that hey are not getting jobs

  • Francesca Rose
    Francesca Rose 3 days ago +1

    are any of these kids parents not smack heads?

  • ApriliaGirl69
    ApriliaGirl69 3 days ago

    Oh the life. I remember this so well.. especially having to pay a quid to watch 6 hours of TV... I lived in poverty too and it brought me up to realise how life can be so cruel yet always be grateful for what you have. Jam sandwiches.. for dinner.. beans on toast. Waiting for Monday to come around so you can have a school dinner.

  • agnar ingi sigurdsson
    agnar ingi sigurdsson 3 days ago +1

    Lesson: Don't make kids if you are in debt.

  • Mike Davis
    Mike Davis 3 days ago

    At least better than the Philippines squatters..

  • lina Pham
    lina Pham 3 days ago +1

    I hope one day these people win the lottery that has millions

  • Lisa Jane Evans
    Lisa Jane Evans 3 days ago

    I grow up poor in the 70s nothing has changed no government has ever cared, I ended up leaving the country and finding a better life outside, there no future in the UK its only going to get worse

  • el magnifico
    el magnifico 3 days ago

    One day or another you will pay for your atrocities ; the British will suffer what they did to the poor people in their colonies 100 years ago. Read history and you will find about the British inhuman behavior back then . Where is the British Empire ??? they should have invested in their people rather than make all the colonies suffer their atrocities.

  • Classic Casey
    Classic Casey 4 days ago

    It’s so sad! I’m not gonna lie.. I’m 12 and I’m always down for having to go to school, but the one thing I need to realise is that I’m happy I’ve even got an education to set me off for life! And these families can’t even live in a nice house.

  • wong z
    wong z 4 days ago +1

    Left on birthday, what a mum

  • Toetapper McTurd
    Toetapper McTurd 4 days ago

    If a country has a poverty class or an unemployment rate there is a zero need for accepting low skilled or no skilled shithole migrants that offer nothing and burden the society. Why should these families live in squalor while mohammad and his 5 wives and 27 kids live better on the same government handout yet neither them or their ancestors contributed a single thing to the system or society as a whole.

  • Lindsey Bassett
    Lindsey Bassett 4 days ago +1

    its a sad world we live in when a child this young is constantly worrying about their future.

  • N. Noel
    N. Noel 4 days ago

    How that lil girl know what mold smell like if her house smells like it? No one knows their house smell unless not there for an extended amount of time

  • Stephanie Briscoe
    Stephanie Briscoe 5 days ago

    They way that little boy lives is sad. There’s something about him that makes me want to cry.... Maybe because I keep thinking of my son having to go through what he goes through. I couldn’t imagine.

  • Stephanie Briscoe
    Stephanie Briscoe 5 days ago

    Why would they charge poor families more for necessities than they charge any other family that can actually afford the necessities....

  • Leah’s Toys and teddy’s

    This makes me think about what I have and that I should cherish and respect that

  • Shea holmes
    Shea holmes 5 days ago

    this episode made me so emotinal for these kids. I think that everyone should remember how greatful we are to have what we have.when we complain we need to remember what we have and what some others don't have

  • priscilla
    priscilla 5 days ago

    Poor kids my heart hurts for them brings back memories when I was young 😢😢😢

  • Marie Barcelona
    Marie Barcelona 5 days ago +1

    Stop making babies if you know you can't take care of em

  • Beth Meyers
    Beth Meyers 5 days ago +2

    Crazy that benefits end when a child is only 16 and yet they throw money at able-bodied adults in their 20's who are drunks and junkies too lazy to work.

  • Cipriana Guardado
    Cipriana Guardado 5 days ago

    Poor babys

  • Cipriana Guardado
    Cipriana Guardado 5 days ago

    Lol she poped out the box frame

  • ship285
    ship285 5 days ago

    I came from what they called "país en vías de desarrollo" and it's quite shoking to me, to see a First World Country with this population. With their kids starving and families struggling to survive, as they do on my country. I guess...pooverty is the same all over the world, it doesn't matter if you are a rich, middle or poor country.

  • Jason day out vlogs jay dog

    This is a really interesting documentary and really sad 😢

  • Moonchild0623
    Moonchild0623 7 days ago +6

    So sad. These kids are amazing. Pisses me off while the Royal family lives in luxury. These are their people! Damit take care of them.

  • Maymay Xx
    Maymay Xx 7 days ago +2

    I'm crying.. From the bottom of my soul

  • hayley andrews
    hayley andrews 7 days ago

    Mon the Glasgow kids x

  • Stephanie Elkins
    Stephanie Elkins 7 days ago

    Omg these poor kids got to live and breathe that mold everyday

  • The Randomers
    The Randomers 8 days ago

    It makes you relize your not as bad off as these poor kids I feel so sorry for them and it’s not fair that people don’t get what other people get this country is a joke

  • Sezz Bo
    Sezz Bo 8 days ago +2

    Our next generation have so much wisdom.. Maybe they'll do better than us as they're more money savvy

  • Lit4theLord In a sin sick world

    Look like a little addiction may be in the mix!

  • Robert hamilton
    Robert hamilton 8 days ago

    ive watched this so many times

  • ilove2929
    ilove2929 8 days ago +1

    Poor in other countries couldve meant living on the street and sleeping on cardboards. U got to clarify what referred as poor in england, at the beginning

  • Candance O Leary
    Candance O Leary 8 days ago +1

    This makes me appreciate my life stir more

  • Crystal Harter
    Crystal Harter 8 days ago +1

    I need proof the money for these 12 adds went to these kids.
    Like this comment if you need the same.

  • Crystal Harter
    Crystal Harter 8 days ago +4

    Lets be real. The parents more than likley have a drug problem. Most of them arent working, since working and being addicted to drugs dont usually go hand and hand.

  • ButtaflySista Gurl
    ButtaflySista Gurl 8 days ago +1

    I wish the Babes didn't know so much about what us as adults have to deal with everyday.... it will make them stronger and wiser as they get older.. but it is a lot for their little minds to deal with. God Bless them all. May God keep them and Bless their little lives. 😢

  • Macey Magee
    Macey Magee 8 days ago

    I feel so bad for those kids 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  • Skyra Wolf
    Skyra Wolf 8 days ago

    Is this what UK considers poor? This is how 'normal' people live in South Africa including 80% of my friends. I may be a millionare now but I grew up with much less money, I was always happy. When I lived in Witbank the bath and drinking water was brown and infected with rat-tailed maggots and the air is brown, and is getting worse. These kids make playing outside seem safe, they didn't even get raped or bit by a snake.

  • johnny klingborg
    johnny klingborg 9 days ago

    Nice kids that deserves better...

  • Lucky Hall
    Lucky Hall 9 days ago +1

    It breaks my heart but they could at least keep the place clean

  • Wild Thinko
    Wild Thinko 9 days ago +3

    What I'VE LEARNT: "They are very poor but they are Kind what is your excuse!"

  • Irina Fortuna
    Irina Fortuna 9 days ago

    Forced to grow up poor?! I like the quality of the documentary, but being poor is not a curse. Is only sad to people who know others realitys. Being poor doesn't make them necessarily unhappy. Is like being porr in our world is a disease.

  • Natya Bunga
    Natya Bunga 9 days ago

    Poor kids in my country are worse, just saying. They live in the wood cart, seaching garbish and surounded by danger.

  • OhFishyFish
    OhFishyFish 9 days ago

    Does poverty stop them from picking up rubbish from the floor? Being poor doesn't mean you need to be filthy.

  • Dana May
    Dana May 10 days ago

    Someone should be teaching those kids how to plant gardens and hanging strawberries out of pots in their back yards. I mean seriously, I'm growing potatoes in a bucket right now. Then they could save that food money for other things. It is sad.

  • Karen Evangelista
    Karen Evangelista 10 days ago

    What a lovely bunch of children, and so sensible and mature too.
    This program is about the children of course, but I hope the parents’ intervention is quite a bit more than what we saw on here - And the dad most certainly needs to learn that he IS the dad, and he should look after all of his children, not expect the youngsters to look after their siblings.. It’s a shame the children have to think about money like this, and know the difference between rich and poor at their young ages, but austerity is so bad, so many millions of people in Britain are so broke with no chance of paying debts back. The children hear it and feel it from their parents because the worry is there all the time.
    The only ugly part was Theresa May. She who is the main person to blame for the disgusting shocking state of those flats, with gruesome bad-bacteria damp, and the ceiling falling through!! That’s almost inhumane, her letting that happen continuously, because there’s so much of it in council houses, and she blast billions of pounds buying the DUP when Parliament when there was a hung parliament, and that ridiculous HS2 that will help less than 1% of British people, etc. That woman is full of hate and selfishness, thank heavens she is gone, I hope Boris will do opposite to everything she’s done.
    Great video!

  • Moon Scorpio
    Moon Scorpio 10 days ago

    Its weird seeing my poor friends be clean but one of my rich friend being very disgusting and having a horrible personality. It shows me that some poor people take care of what they have and they’re more obedient but, I know this isn’t always the case.

  • RGA
    RGA 11 days ago

    Poor? That's middle class in real poor countries. Do you REALLY want to meet poor kids? Go to Brasil, or Thailand, Africa. Besides, they are still blondies. Blondes always got the fun.

  • Annabella Pezzlo
    Annabella Pezzlo 11 days ago

    And I’m ten years old and watching this video on my iPhone 8+ that my dad gave me for Christmas..........I need to be more grateful

  • Jess Lee
    Jess Lee 11 days ago +1

    Poor girl who thinks the “better off” girl will be richer...thinking she has no future is so sad when she seems very capable of having one

  • Dannibb08
    Dannibb08 11 days ago

    It’s one thing to be poor but there’s no excuse to why their houses are filthy...which leads me to believe there’s some underline mental illness issues.

  • Looney Tunes
    Looney Tunes 11 days ago

    I hope they got help or paid 😊 God bless em 🙏🏼

  • jennifer vinson
    jennifer vinson 11 days ago

    Omg that poor girl with her legs! The self inflicted wounds are terrible and a CRY FOR HELP!

  • Sam Glam
    Sam Glam 11 days ago +5

    These are very smart kids. Their brains will save them if only they have someone to guide them. 🌸

  • Alicia Gugu
    Alicia Gugu 11 days ago

    I feel sorry for these children. Poverty is terrible, but I think something more terrible (and unnecessary) is living in filth. They could very well keep trash up off the floor...it doesn't cost money to do this. And what's with the HUGE monster of a DOG that lives in that house?? If they can feed a dog that size, but not their kids, there is a major priority problem here.

  • Will Davies
    Will Davies 12 days ago

    Dads a crackgphead

  • tt tt
    tt tt 12 days ago

    Am on benefits and my kids dont go without anything, I dont smoke drink or take drugs every penny I get goes on my home and kids, watching these kids on here is heart breaking x

  • Durresamin Ahmed
    Durresamin Ahmed 12 days ago +2

    There is 28k comments on here if everyone donates 1 pound it makes it 28k and can help these families 😔

    • E.M Steele
      E.M Steele 11 days ago

      Durresamin Ahmed if everyone that watched donated it would be 14 million

  • Martin C
    Martin C 12 days ago +3

    Stop sending money abroad, help the poor families in this country.. why don't the government help out, instead of having these massive pay rises,flash cars. big homes, put your hands in your pockets and the royalty

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  • Ice Pole
    Ice Pole 12 days ago +1

    *i just want to hug them all*

  • Ice Pole
    Ice Pole 12 days ago +2

    *its sad to see how mature these kids have to be*

  • merve
    merve 12 days ago

    This reminded me shameless

  • Iredidv
    Iredidv 12 days ago

    And then they wonder why kids get into criminality at a young age, seeing the dealers showing off their money. legalize everything, put the profit of it into rehab for addicts, and help those at the bottom of society. But that won't happen, too much people make money because it's all illegal. Don't get me wrong, it shouldn't be available in the supermarkets, but a kind of dr between a normal one and specialized in addictions. That way you get the money out of the hands of the criminals, and reduce the nr of overdoses/poisoning/ripping etc... But too much people are still indoctrinated by the war on drugs, while they sip their whiskey and smoke their cigar, a valium to sleep and some amfetamine to get through the day, that are the ones that call people who have a spliff an addict. It's all just backwards these days. And the more divisions (race, money, status etc...) the more the rich are laughing. People unite, don't divide. We are all 1, cheesy oneliner but absolutely true. treat others how you would like to be treated.

  • Zachary Bacos
    Zachary Bacos 12 days ago

    Don't have kids, and DON'T WANT THOSE BASTARDS.

  • C Mc
    C Mc 13 days ago +21

    Fair play to the dad trying to bring up 3 kids on Penney’s
    and still looking for work a lot of people should take a lead out of your book

    • Karen Evangelista
      Karen Evangelista 10 days ago

      Not at all. As he is the only parent, the worst thing he can do is leave his children to come home to an empty place, or be looked after by strangers. One can’t be a single parent and a worker when children are that young .

  • ام محمد المكية

    Iam poor kid

  • Daniel 1
    Daniel 1 13 days ago

    Paige is such a lovely kid, they all are.

  • Evelyn Kwagala
    Evelyn Kwagala 13 days ago +1

    "I don't want anyone to experience what i have experienced". Life has taught her young life a lot already

  • Kidy Fiddler
    Kidy Fiddler 13 days ago

    White privilege over here😂

  • glenys riley
    glenys riley 13 days ago

    New sub right here great channel. To add to that wow I waste sooo much money on crap I don't need, still have plenty to eat and I leave lights on around my house when I'm not even in that room........might stop that now.

  • Genie Tran
    Genie Tran 13 days ago

    This is soooo sad

  • Genie Tran
    Genie Tran 13 days ago

    Kids need to be fed. I wish there was a way for me to help.