Our engagement in Parliament

Posted by / Tuesday 25 February 2020 / Campaigns Events
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It has been a great start to the year for our Policy & Campaigns team at Action for Children as they have held two drop-in events in Parliament. 50% of the MP’s that attended the events had been contacted by Action for Children supporters within their constituent.

The first was hosted ahead of Children’s Mental Health Week (3rd – 9th February) where the team held a drop-in event to showcase the difference we can make through our mental health interventions. We were able to engage with newly elected MPs as well as returning ones. Over 50 MPs and Peers attended the event to learn more about our work.

Parliamentarians had the opportunity to talk to three incredible young people who have taken part in the Blues Programme, funded by Royal Mail. They heard about the young people’s experiences and how the programme has improved their mental health. MPs then pledged to choose happy, healthy minds for all children and young people.

The second drop-in event on 12th February marked the launch of our Patchy, Piecemeal and Precarious report which examines the support available to children affected by domestic abuse.

Over 40 MPs and Peers attended the event, including one of the ministers leading on the Domestic Abuse Bill that will shortly be reintroduced to Parliament. Guests spoke with our policy experts about the report and heard from two of our Children’s Services Managers. This gave a valuable insight into the experiences of families that have experienced domestic abuse.

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