Wednesday, 25 June 2014

See the Child

Did you know that 3.5 million children in the UK are living in poverty? 

That a 2007 UNICEF study placed the UK at the bottom 
of the child well-being league table among developed countries? 

Did you know that almost 1.5 million children in the UK experience neglect? 

 That 16% of children aged under sixteen  
experienced sexual abuse during childhood? 

I didn't know. 


A Mum in London

I was lucky. 
I had a happy childhood, 
my parents providing everything I needed to thrive. 

And I'm grateful to them. 

But I'm cross, really cross, 
that so many children have to suffer and even die 
in one of the richest and most developed countries in the world, 
because the system lets them down. 

'Apathy causes pain'. 

Kids Company and Camila Batmanghelidjh 
have launched a petition to get the government 
support a redesign of the current inefficient children's services. 

Get involved and help change the system 
by signing the petition at seethechild.org  
or by texting I SEE to 63000 (normal network charge).

Help raise awareness by posting a picture of yourself as a child 
on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #SEETHECHILD.

Help give those children a voice.

6 comments:

  1. This is a fantastic post. Thank you for drawing attention to this and for the link to the petition. As a first world country, child abuse, poverty and neglect should have been on a steady decline in the past years but it's not - it's rising. This might just be the action we require.

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    1. Well said, I hope the campaign will be a step towards better children services. These statistics are just too sad and unexpected for a first world country.

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  2. Awful statistics well done for highlighting this.

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  3. I love Camilla, she is just amazing, and without people like her (and you highlighting this issue!) things like this would just be swept under the carpet... Too too sad...

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    1. She is an amazing lady, I admire her strenght and devotion to the cause. It's very sad indeed...

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  4. I too posted my picture and hope that by raising awareness many more people sign up so that a change can be made.
    A very important campaign

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