NSPCC Statement on election debate on the family
Press Releases - 27 April 2010
NSPCC head of public affairs and campaigns Diana Sutton said: “We are bitterly disappointed that none of the main political parties have said they would sustain child protection resources in today's exchanges over the family.
“Child protection funding is the forgotten Cinderella of this election campaign. The main parties have so far avoided any commitment to preserve the funding levels needed to protect children from abuse. None of the party leaders are giving this priority.
“The NSPCC will oppose any cuts in child protection services that may be announced after the general election.
"Over the last parliament, since the death of Baby Peter, demands on local children’s services departments have grown significantly. Social workers are struggling with increased case loads.
"We all know the next government will face extreme pressure on public finances. It is vital that vulnerable children are not left to suffer from the financial fallout of economic recession. With just a week to go to the general election, we are calling on the political leaders to end their silence on child protection funding now.
"Slashing child protection budgets after the election would have little impact on the enormous levels of public borrowing. But it could derail important recent reforms in child protection. And the costs for children would be incalculable.
"More than 800 parliamentary candidates have now signed up to the NSPCC's general election campaign to make child protection a priority for the next government. People can help build opposition to child protection cuts at www.istandforchildren.com.
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