The South East has the highest number of children and young people of any region in England, as well as the second-highest income and wealth inequality (after London).
A child growing up in Guildford or Royal Tunbridge Wells is likely to have very different life chances than a child growing up in areas of coastal deprivation such as Dover, Hastings, or Thanet, or in areas of urban deprivation such as Portsmouth or Southampton.
The region has a large population of refugees and asylum seekers, and Kent in particular has seen an increase in the number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in the past year.
13-year-old Lila had never even seen music production software before, let alone used it. Youth Network Milton Keynes helped her lose her shyness and develop new skills.
17-year-old Kallel has loved music for as long as she can remember. Developing her technical skills at songwriting sessions with the SWIPE project has helped her feel more confident and contented.
Being a teenager is never easy, but for Viv it was a particularly difficult time. Music-making helped him turn his life around.
At 15, Siân was going through a difficult time. A year earlier, she’d dropped out of school because she was being bullied. Her parents had just split up, and she was suffering from depression and anxiety. SoCo Music Project helped her to rebuild her confidence.
Written and recorded by young musicians Livvy and Faye as part of Urban Vocal Group's songwriting course in Portsmouth.
Josh (aka Madd Macc) is a rapper, songwriter and singer who came through the Music Fusion project in Havant. Watch Madd Macc perform some bars and talk about how music has helped to change his life.
The two-year project helped 160 young people improve their musical skills and connect with their local community. The young participants organised, promoted and managed an end-of-project celebration event headlined by UK grime artist Eyez.