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A Manifesto for Children

By September 11, 2019National News

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has published ‘Guess How Much We Love You: A Manifesto for Children’ ahead of any upcoming General Election. The manifesto calls on Britain’s political parties to include a six-point plan in their election manifestos to transform the life chances for disadvantaged children and to help all of England’s 12 million children to thrive.

The manifesto sets out some of the key issues that children have told the Children’s Commissioner’s Office are affecting their lives, and reflects many of the subjects the Children’s Commissioner has been shining a light on in recent years – children growing up in chaotic families, inadequate children’s mental health services, children’s safety and children living in poor quality housing such as B&Bs, converted office blocks or shipping containers.

The Children’s Commissioner’s manifesto focuses on six key themes: supporting stronger families, providing decent places for children to live, helping children to have healthy minds, keeping children active, providing SEND support for those who need it, and creating safer streets and play areas. It also sets out some of the likely costs involved alongside the policy proposals, including the Children’s Commissioner’s argument that existing statutory services must be put on a sustainable financial footing.

The six pledges the Children’s Commissioner wants to see the political parties include in their election manifestos are:

  1. Extend and expand the Troubled Families Programme or an equivalent system of family support.
  2. A Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service counsellor in every school.
  3. Adequate funding for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, including pre-statutory support.
  4. Schools open at evenings, weekends and holidays.
  5. Police officers and youth workers in schools.
  6. A Cabinet committee for children.

Find out more here and read the manifesto

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