22 Nov 2019

The Children’s Society responds to the Liberal Democrat's election manifesto.  

Sam Royston, Director of Policy and Research at The Children’s Society, said:

“We welcome the Liberal Democrat’s proposed investment of £500m in youth services, funding for which has fallen by a staggering 72% since the beginning of the decade. More funding is needed across all areas of children’s services, with a particular focus on intervening early to prevent problems from escalating.

“We have long been calling for the expansion of Free School Meals to cover all children in families in receipt of Universal Credit. We believe that this is the best way to ensure that all children growing up in poverty, including those in working families, can eat a healthy and nutritious meal every day. We warmly welcome the Liberal Democrat’s commitment to extend Free School Meals.

“Children’s well-being has been in decline since the beginning of the decade and a particular focus on children’s well-being and the measurement of this is urgently needed to inform how we tackle and treat many of these issues for children. That’s why we are delighted that the Liberal Democrat party has committed to a national well-being strategy and the introduction of a well-being budget.

“We are also encouraged by the party’s proposals to provide greater levels of mental health support in schools and to reduce waiting times. We would urge the party to look at the expansion of mental health support into other community settings to ensure that extra help is available to all children.

“Preventing children from becoming trapped into violence and criminal activity is vital. We would want to see the party’s proposed public health approach to violent crime extend to children and young people exploited by criminals. Criminal exploitation should be better recognised as a form of modern slavery and the children caught up in it consistently identified as victims who need support to recover.”

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