The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been widespread, affecting the lives of every baby, child and young person in the country. This generation of children face unprecedented threats to their childhoods. They deserve an unprecedented response.
We are joining 150+ organisations in a call to Government to put babies, children and young people at the heart of the coronavirus response. The Prime Minister must make this generation of children as central to the nation’s Coronavirus recovery plans as health and the economy.
As well as the disruption to children's family lives, education and childcare caused by the crisis, they have been growing up at a time where services protecting children and families are under intense pressure.
With family budgets taking a hammering from lockdown, organisations including Action for Children, Barnardo’s, National Children’s Bureau, NSPCC, The Children’s Society, Peeple and many others, have joined forces to urge the government to prioritise and protect vulnerable children and young people, starting with the Chancellor’s mini-Budget expected in early July.
Those working with children will be essential in getting the country back on its feet and investment in this must play a central part of the Chancellor’s plans, including funding for local authority children’s services that step in early to help children before families reach breaking point, as well as mental health and wellbeing support for children returning to school.
Find out more about the campaign on social media using the hashtags #ChildrenAtTheHeart and #PowerOfYouth