The Together Trust is supporting Children England to push the Children’s Manifesto in the run up to the general election.
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Chief executive of the Together Trust and trustee at Children England Mark Lee joined members of children’s voluntary organisations across the UK to discuss a list of key demands ahead of the pre-election debates.
The worry is that the election will be fought and won on platforms that barely mention children except in terms of the academic achievement.
The 35 point children’s manifesto covers topics including special needs and disability, looked after children, benefits and housing, family, health, justice, refugee and migrant children and schools.
Mark said: “We are concerned that the main campaigning topics will be party leadership and Brexit and children’s issues will be left off the agenda.
“Children England created a manifesto in 2015, which we feel is very much still relevant for the forthcoming election.
“The manifesto highlights the priorities for children and young people across the country and we are hoping to get families involved by encouraging them to approach their local candidates.”
The campaign is also asking for parents, carers and professionals working with children to get involved by speaking to young people in their care and posting their concerns to social media using the hashtag #ChildrenAtHeart
Children England believe the children’s voluntary sector has a huge responsibility to use their independence to bring attention to the issues affecting children, so that voters can challenge the next government to lead a society that works for its youngest members.
Policy and campaigns manager at Children England Chloe Darlington said:
“Children’s priorities should be heard in a local and national democracy.
“A society that has children at heart is a better society for everyone – so every government policy should consider how it will affect children.”
For more information about the campaign visit: www.childrenengland.org.uk/englands-children-the-manifesto-demands
For more information about the work that the Together Trust do to support more than 2,600 vulnerable children annually across the North West visit: www.togethertrust.org.uk