“The pandemic has had an enormous impact on children and their families, and we are keen for them to be at the centre of both local and national recovery efforts."
Responding to new Children’s Commissioner Dame Rachel De Souza today launching a ‘Beveridge Report for children’ which aims to rebuild and improve childhoods after the COVID-19 pandemic, Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said:
“The pandemic has had an enormous impact on children and their families, and we are keen for them to be at the centre of both local and national recovery efforts. This report, which puts children’s voices at its heart, will be a valuable way of helping to deliver places and policies that really work for children.
“To better support children, we need funding to reinvest in vital universal and early help services, including mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people, and properly resourced local safety nets to support families experiencing financial hardship.
“It is also vital that schools can play their part. This includes incentivising inclusion in schools by empowering Ofsted to consider this during inspections, holding schools accountable for the outcomes of excluded pupils and fully funding support for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
“Children’s lives are affected by more than just school and children’s social care. The Government therefore needs to introduce a cross-Whitehall strategy for children and young people which clearly states the role of each department in delivering better outcomes for children. We hope this new report will support our call.”