Leading charity supports Children First campaign
Caudwell Children, one of the UK’s leading children’s charities, is lending its weight to the Children First campaign to get a Cabinet Minister for Children & Young People.
With nearly a third of children aged two to 15 classed as overweight, or obese, pressure is rising for Government to put children at the heart of all decision-making.
Despite the questionable role of social media in the lives of children and young people, and the fact that one in 10 children, aged between five and 16 years old, have a diagnosable mental health condition, there is still no dedicated person with authority to represent children in our Government.
Bosses at the charity were delighted to support the national campaign to give children a voice at the highest level of Government, when they attended the launch of a petition to kick start the campaign at the House of Commons, on January 16th 2019.
They were joined at the event, hosted by Lucy Powell MP, by The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE, Steve Franks, Lead spokesperson for Children First and CEO of Waterbabies, and Peter Andre, Ambassador for Caudwell Children.
“As a children’s charity we’re supporting the Children First campaign to influence Government in beginning to listen and understand the issues that 21st Century children face,” said Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children. “The campaign is highlighting the fact that it is recognised that our children are at risk of becoming the least healthy adult population in living memory.
“21st Century childhood comes with numerous impacts to a healthy lifestyle, such as decreasing levels of physical activity due to the influence of screen time.”
Children First says that in order to achieve a positive change its important that the Government is seen to openly recognise the fact that improving the current experience of childhood for every child is not a luxury but a necessity.
You can find out more about the Children First campaign here.
You can sign the petition to support the Children First campaign here.