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To: ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Sky

Ask leaders: What will you do for children in care?

14/05/2015: On the 30th the BBC featured interviews with the three major party leaders - including a question to each on child care funding!

Ask leaders: What will you do for children in care?

This General Election should be the first in which the nation publicly asks its politicians how they will live up to their responsibility to be good parents for our most vulnerable children.

We call for the Leaders' Debate on 2nd April 2015 to include one simple question to all parties: ‘What will you do for children in care?’

Why is this important?

The forthcoming Leaders' Debate presents a vital opportunity for the voting public to hear how the different political parties would act in government over the next five years, if given the power to do so.

Among the millions of children and young people who are affected by government policies every day, one group in particular rely more directly on government than any other – the 68,000 children in care*. For these children and young people, too-often invisible in political debates and without a vote of their own, the state has a special responsibility.

Anyone seeking government office, not least hoping to be Prime Minister, takes on a ‘corporate’ responsibility for all children in care. We believe it is our duty as voters to hold our politicians to democratic account for their role as corporate parents to these children. If we don’t, who will?

This General Election should be the first in which the nation publicly asks its politicians how they will live up to their responsibility to be good parents for our most vulnerable children.

We call for the Leaders' Debate on 2nd April (and other leadership interviews) to include one simple question to all parties: ‘What will you do for children in care?’

*There are 68,000 children in care in England.

How it will be delivered

Email signatures to the relevant editorial staff at each broadcaster.


Reasons for signing

  • Children in care need strong advocacy
  • These children deserve an equal opportunity to reach their potential.
  • Children in care are penalised twice: firstly by a f to provide good quality substitute careailure of early family care, and then by governments who are cutting the budgets for local authorities

Updates

2015-05-14 13:46:34 +0100

Petition is successful with 849 signatures

2015-03-27 20:08:54 +0000

500 signatures reached

2015-03-25 16:38:59 +0000

100 signatures reached

2015-03-25 15:39:07 +0000

50 signatures reached

2015-03-25 15:18:22 +0000

25 signatures reached

2015-03-25 14:49:33 +0000

10 signatures reached