I’m so pleased that you are interested in this uniquely influential role at the heart of our work. Our mission has never been more important, because the system that children and families rely on for education, support and wellbeing is visibly failing society. The past decade has seen a halving of funding for children’s services, with a devastating impact on young lives. And rising insecurity, debt, homelessness and hunger make it harder than ever to build strong families and keep children safe.
We’re here to make childhood better. We know exactly what that means, and what it will take to achieve it. We mean getting the support right for families in their early years, where a little intervention goes such a long way towards preventing crisis later on. We mean making the funding of children’s services a top priority, developing a workforce which provides support and intervention at the right time, in the right way, for all the children who need that support. We mean giving children in or leaving care the quality of support and relationships they need to overcome trauma, get on in education and cope well with the transition to independence. We mean tackling the growing crisis in children’s mental health, rebalancing the education system to focus on wellbeing as well as academic attainment. And we mean ensuring disabled children feel included in their education; tackling bullying in all its forms; giving schools confidence to teach a comprehensive curriculum of relationships and sex education; making sure all children who have experienced bereavement can get the support they need.
It's a thrillingly ambitious mission, and we’re uniquely placed to do it. Our considered, evidence-based, collaborative approach has given us unshakeable credibility with decision makers at the highest level. It’s also earned us the trust of the charities, local authorities, schools and many others who we bring together as partners to create the change we need to see. By working together, we know we can bring about the best for our children.