9 Aug 2016

Joint statement from the UK’s leading children’s charities:

'We welcome the Prime Minister’s words on entering Downing Street committing her government to tackle the barriers facing the most disadvantaged. In order to achieve this, working to improve children’s outcomes and opportunities must be front and centre of the Government’s agenda, even as Ministers tackle wider economic and foreign policy challenges.

'As the Prime Minister begins her leadership at a time of economic uncertainty, it is critical that children do not suffer. Children have been disproportionately affected by spending reductions, and we must make absolutely sure that this is not repeated in coming years.

'Leaving the European Union also creates the challenge of unravelling a web of domestic and international legal provisions – in doing so, it is crucial that protections for the most vulnerable children are not compromised. Those protections currently implemented and safeguarded through European law must be enshrined in domestic law.

'Children do not have a say in who governs the country, and they couldn’t vote in the EU referendum. But the decisions adults take do affect them, both now and in the future. This places a particular responsibility on us all to ensure that their voices are heard loud and clear in the times ahead.

'For many decades our organisations have stood together to protect and speak out for the most vulnerable children in our society.  Collectively, we are able to bring to bear the voices of hundreds of thousands of children and young people. In the coming months and years, as the United Kingdom finds its way through the uncharted territory ahead, it is our duty to make their voices heard.  We look forward to working with the new Government to do so.'

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive, The Children’s Society
Peter Wanless, Chief Executive, NSPCC
Sir Tony Hawkhead, Chief Executive, Action for Children
Javed Khan, Chief Executive of Barnardo’s