See the Child Change the System


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.

britmums live 2014


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.

I’m sure that you, like me, are disheartened every time another child abuse story hits the news, like Baby P and many more sadly since. Camila is fighting for these children who don’t have a voice, she wants to change the system and she’s reaching out to ask all of our help to do just that.
Vulnerable children desperately need our help. Too many children across the country are suffering squalor, abuse and neglect. Most can’t get any help because the system isn’t coping. Children can’t vote and they can’t make a fuss so we need to be their voice and use our power to create change. Taken from See the Child
She shared these figures with us and I didn’t want to listen, I couldn’t believe in our ‘civilised’ country this was happening

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


Please help by signing the petition to show you care. This will help support an independent task force to redesign children’s services so that every child who needs help can get it.
By voting, you too are helping to show the politicians that we’re no longer going to stand for this. Many of these children, and those who work with them, are being failed by a system in crisis, vote now by clicking here.
Visit the campaign’s website for more information.
Please do follow on Twitter @SeetheChild along with FacebookG+, and instagram and search for the hashtag #SeetheChild and start sharing by commenting, and retweeting.
#SeetheChild are asking people to text I SEE to 63000 – (a standard network charge as a vote, not a donation). The text will constitute a ‘vote’ for change but you will also be able to sign up on the website.




  • 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]


  1. June 25, 2014 / 3:11 PM

    A very worthy and sadly necessary cause – for me, it is so simple for us to help that why wouldn’t we. Anyone with 1 minute fill out the form or text and help those who can’t help themselves…

  2. June 26, 2014 / 9:34 AM

    I used to be a social worker and those figures you share well they are real and heartbreaking and I am SO glad to see this campaign (and i love you photos) x

  3. June 26, 2014 / 1:25 PM

    That is the most powerful video I’ve seen in a long time – signed and shared Mari x

  4. June 26, 2014 / 1:25 PM

    That is the most powerful video I’ve seen in a long time – signed and shared Mari x

  5. Aly
    June 26, 2014 / 1:29 PM

    Seeing Camila at Britmums was so inspiring to hear her speak but sad to hear that children live like this.My friend works with children in some such desperate situations, that all they know is pain, loneliness and hungry.

  6. June 26, 2014 / 6:11 PM

    Such an important post and I’m disappointed I never made that session.

  7. June 26, 2014 / 11:06 PM

    Oh Mari, I didn’t mean to be in this session but as I went to leave I knew I couldn’t. Camila was so compelling to listen to and the statistics she shared were nothing less than shocking. Have shared and signed xxx

  8. June 27, 2014 / 7:45 AM

    Staggering statistics. You look so much like your daughters in that pic and wonderful to see you glamourous Mum and Nan. Great campaign idea and time to really #seethechild Have signed and shared news of this campaign.

  9. June 29, 2014 / 9:50 PM

    I also wrote about #SeetheChild on my blog this week. The campaign has really touched me and reading through their policy document had me in tears and I actually found I couldn’t write as long a post as I wanted to. It’s so close to home. Camila is such an awesome lady.

  10. July 2, 2014 / 1:53 PM

    The work Camilla & the Kids Co are doing is so important, and it is great to see bloggers promoting and supporting campaigns like that. I hope they will achieve their goals & make things change in children’s services for all those children who so desperately need that change.

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