19 Mar 2007

Statement on Barnardo's 'Childhood Matters' Conference

19 March 2007

As the tragic death of yet another child on the streets of London is reported and the climate of fear surrounding young people continues to grow, Barnardo's 'Childhood Matters' conference offers a timely opportunity to reflect on why we are failing our children so badly.

However, while it is important that these issues are being so widely debated, it is crucial that this discussion results in real improvement in the lives of our children.

This is why The Children's Society has launched the UK's first independent inquiry into childhood in the UK. The Good Childhood Inquiry will move beyond the current debate by presenting recommendations, based on hard evidence, which will ensure that every child experiences the good childhood they deserve."

Notes to Editors:

  • Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive, The Children's Society, is speaking at Barnardo's Childhood Matters conference tomorrow at 16:20. As part of a panel discussion, he will highlight The Children's Society's research into childhood and the work of The Good Childhood Inquiry.
  • 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 2008.