Layla Moran MP has written to the Secretary of State for Education, calling for a package of measures to help vulnerable children to be introduced as a priority, to help kids in Oxfordshire and across the country.
Layla Moran MP said “our local councils and emergency services are working incredibly hard, but they’re struggling to help support the children we already know about, and so we need to give them more support to identify children invisible to us at the moment.”
The measures outlined in Layla's letter include:
- the recruitment of a volunteer force to identify and contact vulnerable children
- the convening of a national Emergency Vulnerable Children Taskforce
- an uplift to Child Benefit of £150 per month per child
The package recommended by Layla and the Liberal Democrats has been closely informed by the findings and calls of leading stakeholders locally and nationally, including the Children’s Commissioner, NSPCC and Children’s Society.
Layla said: “This is a national emergency, and the Government needs to take action to reflect that. That’s why the Education Secretary must urgently announce comprehensive support for vulnerable children, as has already been done for the vulnerable in other parts of society.
“It’s important that we recruit the trained, experienced volunteers we know we need to work with schools and local government to find and help these vulnerable children, and that a national Emergency Vulnerable Children Taskforce is convened to coordinate the Government’s approach. Of course, our local councils and emergency services are working incredibly hard, but they’re struggling to help support the children we already know about, and so we need to give them more support to identify children invisible to us at the moment.
“An uplift in child benefit to leave no family hungry or without money to cover the costs of their kids being at home, echoing what has already been done in France, is also urgently needed. I hope that the Secretary of State takes affirmative action as a priority, and that the measures we have recommended are taken forward.”
A copy of the letter is below: