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140 children’s organisations urge political leaders to solve social problems that leave children ‘scarred for life’

Over 140 children's organisations have called on political leaders to set out their solutions to the social problems that "can leave millions of children scarred for life, including child poverty, mental health, domestic abuse and serious youth violence".

In an open letter to all political parties, organisations including the National Children's Bureau, NSPCC, Barnardo's, Action For Children and The Children's Society, say children are being "crowded out" of the discussion of the nation's future, leaving their needs overlooked and their voices unheard.

As party leaders set out their visions for the future, the letter urges them to put children at the heart of this election, and take action to prioritise them in the next Parliament. It also calls on political parties to focus on preventing crises in the first place by providing early support for children and families, to prevent their problems spiralling out of control and requiring more expensive services later.

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