Government policies are ‘failing children’
March 9, 2017 3 comments
The government’s “short-term, inconsistent and untrustworthy” policies are failing children throughout the country, a former Commissioner claims.
Speaking before he was scheduled to give a keynote address at the annual conference of charity What About The Children? (WATCh?), Sir Albert Aynsley-Green said a “wholesale cultural change of attitude” towards child policy was required.
Professor Aynsley-Green was the Children’s Commissioner for England between 2005 and 2009 and was knighted in 2010 for services to children and young people.
It was vital that the UK has “healthy, educated, creative and resilient children now, with the life skills as adults to support an ever-ageing population” he said, calling youngsters “our most precious resource”. However they are not treated as such and British children have some of the worst health, education, social care, justice and poverty in the developed world according to WATCh?.
The government should adopt ideas from countries like Canada, Holland and Finland in order to improve the way it deals with children, Professor Aynsley-Green suggested. If they are not “prepared to put children at the heart of a coherent joined-up policy, then we need a momentum to build local communities with resilient children at their hearts”.
These comments came not long after campaign coalition the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) insisted that the government was not doing enough to protect children’s legal rights. CRAE director Louise King demanded that politicians take “immediate steps to tackle the increasing failure to protect the human rights of children in England”. Ideally, policies needed to be put in place which would mean that “the welfare of vulnerable children can no longer be ignored” she said.
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March 9, 2017
Categories: Family Life