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  • • Nearly half of children in care have a mental health disorder
  • • 4.3 million children in the UK are living in poverty
  • • Nearly half of children in care have a mental health disorder
  • • 1.4 million children & young people have a probable mental health disorder
  • • 1 in 5 babies aren’t receiving their entitled health visiting check at one year old

The Children’s Charities Coalition responds to the General Election announcement:

“Ahead of the General Election on 4th July, it is crucial that the needs of babies, children and young people are prioritised. They deserve safer, happier and healthier childhoods and more equal access to opportunities.

“All political leaders must now use their manifestos to set out plans to tackle child poverty, provide more support for young people’s mental health and wellbeing, and invest in children’s social care.

“We have a crucial opportunity to put children’s concerns and experiences at the centre of decision making – to bring children to the table. We look forward to working with political parties as they harness this opportunity.

“We also call on party leaders to take the groundbreaking step of closely involving children and young people in the televised leadership debates. What better way to show that they value children and young people than to include them in these key conversations?”