11 Dec 2007

Statement regarding the Government's 10-year Children's Plan

11 December 2007

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

“The pledge to make 'Britain the best place in the world for children to grow up' is exactly the right ambition to set for our society. 

The responsibility for childhood rests with us all and we are encouraged that the Children’s Plan looks beyond education to address fundamental areas such as parents and play.

We know from The Children's Society's Good Childhood Inquiry that we need to focus on both children's 'well-being' and 'well-becoming'. Childhood is not just a path to adulthood, but a critical part of life in its own right. The way in which children experience childhood is changing rapidly and this needs to inform how we deliver the Children's Plan over the next decade."

Notes to Editors:

The Good Childhood Inquiry is a two-year national independent inquiry managed by The Children’s Society. The inquiry’s final report and recommendations will be published in early 2009. For more information please visit www.goodchildhood.org.uk