With provocative insight and based on an illustrious 40-year career in public office, Sir Al Aynsley-Green demands to know why outcomes for the UK's children for health, education, social care, youth justice and poverty remain among the worst in the developed world. He draws global comparisons and offers astute observations of the realities of being a young person in Britain today, to show how government policies have been shamefully failing children on a grand scale. Prioritising the need to support and inspire all children, including those with disability or disadvantage, and to design services around their needs, Sir Al puts forward a brave and timely alternative for the UK. By building local communities, shifting national attitudes, and confronting barriers between sectors, he presents a fresh and realistic road map that can enable new generations of children to be as healthy, educated, creative and resilient as they can be, equipped with the confidence and skills they need to lead happy and successful lives. A must-read for those engaged in children's services, policy and parenting in the UK, Sir Al confronts the obstacles and attitudes faced by young people today with tact, honesty and compassion, to offer his vision of a society in which each and every child is valued.
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The British Betrayal of Childhood- Front Cover; The British Betrayal of Childhood; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgements; Preface; Disclaimer; The 'Alien from Mars' perspective; Thomas Coram; Setting the scene; Inspiration; Points for reflection; My journey why do I want to write this book?; My credibility to speak for children and young people; Points for reflection; Thomas Coram's influence; References; Introduction; Points for reflection; Thomas Coram's attributes; References; PART I: Why should we be concerned about children?; Reference Chapter 1: Where have we come from?Historical perspective; Sick children in hospital; Managing pain in babies; The role of the voluntary sector; Points for reflection; Thomas Coram attributes; Note; References; Chapter 2: Why are other countries so good for children?; Introduction; Vignettes; Overview; Points for reflection; Thomas Coram's attributes; References; PART II: Childhood in the UK today; Chapter 3: What's it like to be young in the UK today?; Introduction; But, what is it actually like to be young today?; Vignettes; Commentary; Points for reflection; Thomas Coram's attributes Assessing and determining prioritiesThe science of effective advocacy; Translating research into policy and practice; Getting professionals aligned; Points for reflection; Thomas Coram's attributes; References; PART III: How can we bring about change?; Chapter 6: Bringing about change; Key headlines; Introducing Change for Children; A reality check; The need for a 'paradigm shift'; A 'needs-based' approach; It takes a whole village to raise a child; The Change for Children pyramid; Learning from best practice nationally and internationally; What of the future?; References; Chapter 7: Endnote ReflectionsConclusions and aspects for discussion; Key actions; Call to arms; References; Index
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