There are now over 23,500 signatures on the See the Child petition. However, as the campaign gathers speed, it needs more signatures than ever to have any real impact. You can add yours at the seethechild.org website.
The aim of ‘See the Child. Change the System‘ campaign is to see the social services system redesigned so that it more effectively cares for and protects the UK’s 3.5 million children who are living in poverty, and the 1.5 million who are being neglected. Kids Company has taken on some new key people to the Advisory Board of its independent Children’s Taskforce, including Javed Khan, CEO of Barnardo’s and Lord Victor Adebowale, CEO of Turning Point. Things are happening.
Meantime, just last week, Kids Company released a new video (above) which was created by its own key workers. It visualises the cycle of deprivation, and how abused and neglected children fall through the gaps and have to survive alone.
There is also a survey that takes all of a minute to complete, which Kids Company and Netmums have joined forces to create. This is to measure public opinion on the government’s approach to vulnerable children – and its influence on voting preferences. It could really be something politicians listen to in the lead up to the General Election.
The survey can be found here.
Meantime, if you haven’t managed to sign the petition yet at seethechild.org, please head over there now. Otherwise text ‘I SEE’ to 63000. This is not a call for donations, it’s just a call for support.
P.S. I recently signed up to run the Brighton 10K next April to raise money for Kids Company. I will be seeking sponsorship nearer to the time and of course hope that you’ll support me! I have never run 10K before – let’s hope I can do it…