Read our latest parliamentary briefings highlighting issues affecting children, young people, parents and carers we support.
These inform national decision makers to achieve better outcomes for every child, no matter who they are or what they have been through.
Debate on Domestic Abuse Bill: Second Reading - 2 October 2019
Children are often the ‘hidden victims’ of domestic abuse. The new Bill is a chance to change that, but improving access to support. Barnardo’s briefing includes key facts, examples from our frontline services and suggestions for strengthening the legislation.
Debate on youth services - 26 July 2019
Youth services provide young people with a safe space and a place to get support. However, 87% of councils have shut at least one youth centre since 2011. Government should use the Spending Review to invest £3.1billion in children’s services.
Debate on knife crime policy - 27 June 2019
Knife crime and serious youth violence is on the rise and is impacting young people more than ever before. Government should promote a multi-agency public health response, focusing on early intervention and the impact of trauma.
Debate on domestic abuse - 7 June 2019
Children aren’t just witnesses of domestic abuse, they are victims. Being affected by domestic abuse can affect their life chances – health, education, entering an abusive relationship. Government should use the upcoming Domestic Abuse Bill to implement statutory support for children affected by domestic abuse across England.
Briefing on children’s services - 26 February 2019
A combination of rising demand and cuts to funding there has been a shift of spending away from early intervention – children centre, youth services – to late intervention – child protection. The Government should use the Spending Review to address the £3.1bn funding gap facing local authorities for children’s services.
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