Over a long period of time groups for children have been successfully run to fulfil a variety of purposes. Perhaps the most common example of the use of groups for children is in schools, where children are grouped together in ways which are intended to maximise their opportunities for learning. For many years community and religious organisations have run children’s groups for particular purposes. In the past, many of these groups were intended to be character building. They were also used to help children learn particular social or religious beliefs and values, to help them develop social skills by interacting with other children and to develop and strengthen particular personal qualities.
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