4 Feb 2008

Response to the Conservative Party's Childhood Review

04 February 2008

Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of The Children's Society, comments:

"The Children’s Society welcomes The Conservative Party's commitment to rediscovering 'a culture of public play'.

Learning through play and from making mistakes is fundamental to children's development. And yet research from The Children's Society's Good Childhood Inquiry shows that, due to concerns about the modern world, 43% of adults feel children should not be allowed to play out unsupervised until they are aged 14.

The Conservative’s proposals are a welcome addition to the ongoing debate on the state of childhood in the UK. What is now required is a wider culture change, which tackles the current climate of fear and restores adults’ trust in children and each other.

The family friendly policy the Conservatives refer to speaks to the need for a child centred society – this means that we must think of children first in all we do.

Which is why The Children's Society is dedicating two years to produce its evidence based Good Childhood Inquiry."

Notes to Editors:

The Good Childhood Inquiry is a two-year national independent inquiry managed by The Children's Society. Children and young people can have their say by visiting www.mylife.uk.com. The inquiry’s final report and recommendations will be published in early 2009. For more information please visit www.childrenssociety.org.uk

Bob Reitemeier, chief executive of The Children’s Society sat on panel of The Conservative’s inquiry to ensure the voice and experience of the children’s sector was represented. The Children's Society will liaise with each of the other political parties to ensure this issue remains at the top of the political agenda.