Letter to Editor: NSPCC: Ensure our new Members of Parliament speak up for children.  

Elections / Thu 13th Jun 2024 at 06:18am

Dear Editor, 

THE General Election is in less than a month, so there’s a chance we’ll soon be seeing prospective political candidates and their supporters on our high street or knocking on our doors. 

This gives us a chance to speak to individuals from all political parties about what they will do to support babies, children and young people in our communities.  

We want to encourage political candidates to be a voice for children if they’re elected as our local MP. 

Working at the NSPCC, I know the impact abuse and neglect can have on a child, but I also know how quality support can help to keep children safe and help those who have experienced abuse to recover. 

Children need to be protected at home, in school, online, and in our local community. That’s why I’m asking everyone to urge political parties to prioritise preventing abuse and neglect, so that every child can grow up safe and healthy.  

Please join with the NSPCC to ensure our new Members of Parliament speak up for children.  

To find out more about the NSPCC’s calls for a new UK Government, go to www.nspcc.org.uk  

Andrew Skea 

NSPCC Assistant Director – East of England 

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5 Comments for Letter to Editor: NSPCC: Ensure our new Members of Parliament speak up for children.  :

David Forman
2024-06-13 10:01:24

A Guardian article from June 2023 picked up on survey findings that show the effects of austerity on children. Polly Toynbee states: "A Child Poverty Action Group survey shows how heavily the cost of living crisis weighs on children, even among families that are not technically poor. More than two-thirds of parents (67%) say their children have too many money worries to be able to enjoy their childhood, affecting their mental and physical health. Children express deep anxieties about their families’ lack of money." See Guardian article https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/jun/22/george-osborne-austerity-children-covid-inquiry

David Forman
2024-06-13 10:02:32

Here is the link to the Child Poverty Action Group survey: https://cpag.org.uk/news/povertys-threat-childhood-revealed-new-research

David Forman
2024-06-14 10:22:45

The Momentum faction in the Labour Party are appalled that the Labour manifesto does not include a pledge for free school meals or lifting the Tories two child benefit cap. That's why some give Starmer the nickname Sir Kid Starver.

2024-06-14 13:57:08

Protect Children!! More like be protected from Children, especially 12 year olds with Machetes.

Riad Mannan
2024-06-17 14:53:12

Hi Andrew, thanks for raising this important issue and you're right, we should protect children from harm - whether at home, school, online and in the community. As a father myself of a nine year old girl, I recognise some of the issues children face and if I am elected as MP for Harlow, I would put the interest of children at the heart of my decision-making. We, the Liberal Democrats have already pledged to have a mental health professional in every primary and secondary schools, because we recognise the online and offline damage that can take place under our very noses. There is lots of do and, if given the chance, will work with you and others to ensure children are not only protected from harm, but can live their best young lives.

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