By Education Welfare and Safeguarding Team on 30 Jun 2020
Over the last few weeks we have seen a gradual progression toward a new ‘normal’ with the relaxation of social distancing rules - children are returning to schools, people are returning to work and shops are opening again. We know that Covid-19, lockdown and the coming months of disruption will have widespread and long-term impacts on everyone, especially our children and young people. The mental health of children and young people will have been deeply affected due to individual influences such as financial, emotional, environmental and physical factors.
The National Children’s Bureau has issued a ‘Call for Action’ to organisations from statutory and charity sectors both nationally & locally –. One Education Ltd alongside Action for Children, Barnardo’s, NSPCC, The Children’s Society and over 100 other organisations have signed the ‘Call for Action’ and are linking in with the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition during Tuesday 30th June to spread the message and call on the government to make the needs of children and young people form a central part of the recovery process alongside economic and health recovery.
We are calling on the Prime Minister and the government to place the needs and voices of children, young people and their families at the heart of the recovery process and provide funding across all services that they so heavily rely on to ensure that our children are prioritised and are enabled to thrive despite the challenges that they will face.
152 organisations call on Government to put children at the heart of recovery
You can visit the National Children’s Bureau's website for further information. Here you can read the statement and the full list of 152 organisations supporting it: https://www.ncb.org.uk/childrenattheheartofrecovery
Children and young people are joining our call and raising their voices on social media, using #ChildrenAtTheHeart and #PowerOfYouth to share their priorities for recovery.