Children's Basic Needs Charter

Children's Basic Needs Charter

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shirley lightfoot started this petition to U.K government and

At the moment in the press, it is being highlighted about how children should be educated in certain areas by the parents. As an educational practitioner for many years I feel that if children basic needs are not met then how can we expect parents to guide their children on the dangers of knife crime. My suggestion is simple. On leaving the maternity unit or at anti-natal classes parents are handed a charter on the basic needs of a child which would include suggestions like clothes and shoes appropriate for the season, vegetables served with meals, social interaction at home, making their child feel valued and loved, training their child in basic personal hygiene and toileting by an appropriate age, reading at home with their child and coaching them in the consequences of using drugs, alcohol, sexual relationships and crime. These charters could be put on posters and displayed everywhere, schools, medical centres, high streets, cafes, hospitals and most importantly in the home. This would then ensure that other members of a childs family could take note if they realise this child is missing out on something highlighted in the charter, also when at school or the doctors if something is a miss then parents can no longer plead ignorance as a reason for not ensuring their child is receiving the appropriate care as given in the guidelines. Obviously, there needs to be other ideas added or taken away but hopefully if this takes off then it will be easier to notice developmental issues in children once they have passed the suggested age to have basic skills, taking into consideration the fact that we have a wide enough window for these skills to be learned. It would be foolish to expect every child to be totally toilet trained by age 3 but more acceptable to expect this by the age of 4 unless  the child has additional needs. The main aim of the charter is to make parents responsible for their child and its needs.

The costs of this charter would be minimal. No specific training would be needed. It would literally just be a think tank of professionals to decide the guidelines and then the processing of the guideline posters. I would be happy to be involved on a voluntary basis and I'm sure there would be many more happy to contribute on a voluntary basis. 

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