20 Jan 2010

Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of The Children's Society, comments on the Government's Families and Relationships Green Paper.

“Children and young people told our Good Childhood Inquiry® that love and relationships with family are the most important factors in determining a good childhood. A primary focus for the Government must be to build support for children’s personal relationships, and so we welcome many of the policies outlined in today’s green paper.

The Government’s renewed commitment to supporting children from birth onwards is particularly welcome, as is the additional support for children who often face the greatest challenges in maintaining positive relationships, including disabled children and children experiencing family separation.

The measures for fathers and grandparents are much-needed, as too often these key figures in children’s lives have not received enough support to help them build positive relationships with their children and grandchildren”.