In an open letter to Downing Street, Achievement for All has joined over 120 organisations to demand that the Government recognise compelling evidence that the services and support that children and young people rely on are at breaking point.

This evidence includes:

  • Ninety children are being taken into care every day – a record high

  • Fewer than a third of children and young people with a diagnosable mental health problem will get access to NHS funded treatment this year

  • Only three in a hundred families of disabled children think the health and care services available to their children are adequate

  • Almost three-quarters of school leaders expect they will be unable to balance their budgets in the next financial year

  • The number of children with special educational needs who are awaiting provision has more than doubled since 2010

  • Up to 3 million children are at risk of going hungry during school holidays.

Children’s charities, teaching unions and wider organisations from across child health, education, social care, disability and poverty have come together through the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) to call on the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer to stop ignoring children and young people in its spending commitments.

We are extremely proud to be part of such a crucial coalition of organisations and are now asking parents, families and other members of the public to join us in urging the Chancellor to put children and young people at the heart of Government spending as he prepares his 2018 budget.

Help us make a difference by signing this public petition to the Government: http://bit.ly/2COlaNB #ChildrenAtTheHeart