Growing up in the 21st century provides fantastic opportunities for children and young people, but it also creates huge pressure. From social media to climate change, from serious youth violence to Brexit, children and young people have never been more exposed to change and uncertainty. Protecting their wellbeing and mental health must be a top priority.
From conception, parents must be supported to help them understand, promote and protect their child’s mental health. All children must be supported and provided with an education that enables them to look after their own mental health and navigate potential challenges such as bullying and other adversities.
Our call to government:
- Place a duty on all social media and digital platforms to follow child safety rules and protect children from online harm
- Develop a workforce plan that ensures all professionals working with children and young people are trained in the importance of secure attachment, strong relationships and emotional intelligence.
- Ensure every child and young person that needs it has access to specialist mental health support, e.g. parent-infant relationship services, CAMHS etc.
Read the full version of our Manifesto for a Better Childhood.