Make a commitment to children

09 December 2009

The Children's Society calls on all political parties to make a clear commitment to improving children’s lives in any new administration they form, in its Manifesto for a Good Childhood.

The manifesto sets out a plan of action based on the findings of The Good Childhood® Inquiry, A Good Childhood: Searching for Values in a Competitive Age, which stimulated a major national debate about how the nation treats its young people. The manifesto identifies three key areas in which political leaders must act to improve childhood now and for future generations, and calls for every political party to write these pledges into their manifestos. The commitments are: 

  • To put children’s well-being at the heart of UK public policy 
  • To prioritise the interests of children who face the greatest disadvantage 
  • To include children as valued citizens in reforms for democratic renewal