PLEASE SPEND 1.15 MINUTES AND WATCH THE FILM ABOVE – IT’S IMPORTANT.
This weekend was BritMums Live, an event I look forward to every year as I get to catch up with so many friends, I meet and make new friends and although for me it’s a working weekend I still manage to listen to some amazing speakers, one session I’d like to share with you was ‘How to be an agent of Change: Advocacy and charity campaigns.
Ali Clifford – I nabbed your photo, thank you x
On the panel with two bloggers I call my friends Hayley Goleniowska who writes Downs Side Up and Chris Mosler who writes Thinly Spread and is Community Liaison Office for Save The Children, there was Lindsay Atkin, campaigner for anti bullying and Lilies Are Like YouTuber (well worth a good look) and the amazing Camila Batmanghelidjh founder of Kids Company. You will have seen Camila on many news programs and chat shows I am sure.
Kids Company are launching See the Child Change the System. I hope you see this all over the place because it is important we do something about it, our children are our future and the system our country has in place is failing them miserably.
In a recent report, ‘How safe are our children’ (2014), the NSPCC was left estimating the numbers of children in need: [i]
- Children negatively impacted by parental alcoholism range in numbers from 920,000 to 3.5million
- Those impacted by parental mental health difficulties range from 50,000 to 2million
- Children impacted by domestic violence are thought to be just under 1.8million
- One in 20 children are believed to be sexually abused
CHILDREN’S REALITIES TODAY – THE STATISTICS.
- 3.5 million children in the UK are living in poverty (Barnados) [ii]
- Almost 1.5 million children in the UK experience neglect (Action for Children) [iii]
- 16% of children aged under 16 experienced sexual abuse during childhood (NSPCC) [iv]
- 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder – that is around three children in every class (Young Minds) [v]
- Over 500,000 children are referred to social services as a cause for concern on a yearly basis (NSPCC) [vi]
- Of these, 43,140 were subject to a Child Protection Plan in England in 2012-13 (NSPCC) [vii]
- 500 children’s centres have closed since 2010 [viii]
- 3850 Social Workers are needed to fill the vacancies in England [ix]
- 73% of Social Workers surveyed say they can’t do their job properly, leaving children at risk [x]
- 80% of Social Workers surveyed said child protection thresholds are going up[xi]
- Social workers can have over 40 life threatening cases each [xii]
- 78% spend less than a third of their time in direct contact with children [xiii]
- 88% of Social Workers surveyed said budget cuts have left children at increased risk of abuse
- There’s been a 47% increase in child protection cases in England over the last 5 years [xiv]
- And a 45% Increase in Children in need cases, suffering abuse or neglect 2011-12 [xv]
- Care applications in England are up by 70% since 2008 [xvi]
- Within England, death rates for children under 17 vary between 7.9 deaths per 100,000 in the five best performing local authorities, and 21.1 deaths per 100,000 in the five worst performing local authorities. The highest death rates are seen in deprived areas of the Northwest, northern cities and some of the poorer boroughs of London (Chief Medical Officer) [xvii]
- Local Authority core funding has been cut by 33% 2011-15 [xviii]
- Early intervention for Sure Start for has been cut by 20%[xix]
- 2/3rds of Local Authorities have cut their budgets for children and adolescent mental health [xx]
- Continuing with a reactionary approach rather than investing in early intervention and prevention comes with a 4 trillion pound price tag over 20 years (Action for Children) [xxi]