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Barnardo’s General Election Manifesto 2024

Type Policy and research document

Published on
11 March 2024

As we approach the next General Election, which is likely to take place in 2024, there is a very real opportunity for political parties to commit to pioneering a step-change for the nation’s children and young people.In this manifesto, we’re setting out our recommendations for how the next UK Government can change childhoods and change lives.

Children, young people, and families have faced unprecedented challenges across the UK in recent years. The disruption from Covid, which caused children to miss months of school, has carried on with a staggering 1.8 million children regularly missing from the classroom.

Meanwhile, the cost-of-living crisis has left thousands of families facing agonising choices between paying essential bills or buying basic necessities. As children and young people struggle to cope, research suggests some one in five children and young people are likely to have a diagnosable mental health condition. Our children and young people deserve so much better. That’s why we developed this manifesto.

Our manifesto at a glance

We've set out our own manifesto with commitments we would urge all political parties to adopt. Our proposals set out the practical action needed to:

Put children and young people at the heart of the next Government

End child poverty

Support families to give their children the best possible life chances

Keep children safe from harm

Support children and young people's mental health and wellbeing

Transform support and opportunities for children in and leaving care

Ensure all unaccompanied children seeking sanctuary have access to support, services and protections

To find out more, read our full manifesto or contact Barnardo’s Policy and Public Affairs Team [email protected].

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