10 Jun 2011

All Party Parliamentary Group meeting - Runaways

Tuesday 21 June 3-5pm
Room W1 in the House of Commons

We are hosting an All Party Parliamentary Group meeting on children at risk on the streets as part of our new campaign on runaways. We will be hearing from young people themselves, practitioners, policy makers, as well as from the Minister about the current political context and future plans. Please email Ruby if you would like to join us or for more information.

How happy are our children

Tuesday 28 June 4-5pm
Committee Room 17, House of Lords

Enver Solomon, Children’s Society Policy Director and Larissa Pople, Senior Researcher will be speaking about our report How happy are our children: Measuring children’s wellbeing and exploring economic factors at the APPG for Children. The meeting will explore how the current economic climate and cuts in government expenditure are affecting the well-being and happiness of children and what the potential impact will be on their future well-being. It will also examine the concept of children’s well-being and the importance of measuring this indicator. 

Response to statutory duty review

We led on putting together a joint letter with 29 organisations from the children’s sector to Eric Pickles (Department for Communities and Local Government’s Secretary of State) in response to their review of statutory duties placed on local authorities by central government. We also sent letters to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove. We urged the government to ensure that the removal of duties does not have a negative effect on children and young people and that no changes take place without a full consultation and impact assessment.
Download the letter here

Dale Farm eviction concerns

We have written to Eric Pickles and Sarah Teather, Minister for Children and Families, to express our concern that Basildon Council’s recent decision to evict residents at Dale Farm risks making 150 children homeless. The failure to find alternative sites means that the children face serious dangers and disadvantages such as lack of sanitation and access to education and healthcare. We urged Eric Pickles to encourage the council to ensure the welfare of children is protected.
Download the letter here