Layla Moran has responded to the local area profiles published today by the Children’s Commissioner, showing the level of child vulnerability across the country, saying “The Government can and must do more.”
The profile for Oxfordshire shows that, compared to other local authorities, the county has higher-than-average:
- Prevalence of children in households, including those aged 0-4, where a parent suffers from an alcohol or drug dependency
- Children in households where no home broadband above 2mbps is available at the premises, effectively leaving them without internet access
- Children with SEND but no Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
Layla said: "It’s deeply worrying that so many vulnerable children may not have the support they need during the lockdown. The analysis from the Children’s Commissioner for England shows just how large the scale of the challenge is. The Government can and must do more.
"Liberal Democrats have called on Ministers to convene an Emergency Vulnerable Children Taskforce, including headteachers, police, NHS and social services to ensure best practice is being shared. We must have an absolute assurance that in these trying circumstances safeguarding our most vulnerable children remains a top priority."