Petition to The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Prof Dame Sally Davies, Dr Duncan Selbie
Provide tests for Group B Strep to prevent any more avoidable deaths of newborn babies
My partner Scott and I should have been sharing our son Edward Gili’s first birthday last month. But instead of having that exciting first year to celebrate and many more to look forward to, we had just 9 precious days to spend with our beautiful son. Edward was cruelly taken from us as a result of contracting group B Strep infection at birth. On average, one newborn baby a day in the UK develops group B Strep infection. One baby a week dies from group B Strep infection. One baby a fortnight who survives the infection is left with long-term disabilities - physical, mental or both. It is the UK’s most common cause of severe bacterial infection in newborn babies, and of meningitis in babies under 3 months. Group B Strep is a normal bacterium carried by around 1/4 women, without symptoms and usually unknowingly. It can be passed from mother to baby around birth with potentially devastating consequences for the baby. But these consequences are usually preventable and that’s why I’ve started this petition with the charity Group B Strep Support. Unlike many other developed countries including Germany and Spain, the UK does not routinely offer tests to pregnant women specifically to check for Group B Strep carriage during late pregnancy. If doctors know a mum is carrying GBS, they can administer simple antibiotics during labour to prevent the infection - over 80% of these infections could be prevented. However the GBS-specific ECM (enriched culture medium) test is rarely available through the NHS. Since 2003, the UK has used ‘risk factors’ to guess which pregnant women might be at risk. Risk factors are poor at predicting which babies will develop the infection -- the number of babies infected is growing, we need to stop guessing and start testing. The ECM test costs the NHS £11 each and the antibiotics used in labour (usually penicillin) cost the NHS pennies. Had we had ECM tests in place, Edward Gili could be here today for us to see his first steps and hear his first words. We can’t afford to lose any more lives, we can’t afford not to do this.
Petition to The Government, Public, courts
Animal abuses should be treated like child abuses
In today's society many animals are being mistreated, whether its' beaten, starved or neglected. Animals can not speak like humans, they can not tell us how they are feeling or if something is happening to them, this is why we as a country need to speak up for them, to get them the rights they deserve. Anybody that mistreats an animal should go to prison for a minimum for 4 years and banned from having animals for a further 5 years. Courts, the government, us as the public, we can all help to make this happen.
Petition to The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP
Include two mandatory hours of pet care information within UK primary school curriculum.
This petition seeks to implement an incredibly simple, cost effective and necessary addition to UK primary school education. Two hours (total) per child of age appropriate teaching and discussion regarding pet and animal care (as a tool to aid relevant lessons or within PHSE, for children between the ages of 7 and 11). Over the last few years there has been a bombardment of media stories showing young people abusing or torturing rural animals or pets, the consequences of which are absolutely heartbreaking for the animals and children. Although a portion of this will of course be a result of the individual's life experiences and psychological state, I genuinely believe we could stop some of this horrific treatment in the future by reaching children at a young age. The aim being to help them develop their own personal sense of compassion and responsibility towards other sentient beings. Though UK schools have a keen environmental curriculum and encourage a great deal of wildlife knowledge and interaction within sciences and humanities, the basis of this is mainly visual and fact recognition (a fox looks this way, lives here, and eats this, for example). We still lack a nationwide structure to ensure that children understand the animals they come into contact with and help care for every day. Experience in handling exotic animals, which a child may not relate with pet care, just isn’t enough. Having worked in schools and spent time with young people and children, I am aware that it is a confusing world, where they are shown animals in cages, but also told to care for them sensitively. They fall in love with woodland characters in story books, whilst being fed them for dinner. It is no wonder that some may find it challenging when assessing how to treat creatures they may know very little about, or to understand how they think and feel. Subsequently, I do not believe there is a lack of scientific discussion around animals and the environment in schools, but a lack of consistency regarding everyday pet care and the reasoning behind why different animals display different behaviours. Most importantly, that they experience relationship bonds and pain, and that we are capable of easily helping them live happier lives. The idea of this implementation would not be to expose children to upsetting animal cruelty within the world, but simply to encourage a narrative and thoughts about choices regarding how to treat animals they come into contact with. The teacher would have complete autonomy over lessons, or access the topic within PHSE time, a slot I know is often keen to be filled. If we reach our children at a young age, we provide a holistic foundation to how they care for the world around them. Let’s allow our young generations the information to make strong decisions that benefit them as responsible human beings, whilst taking part in fun and educational lessons!
Petition to Justine Greening MP, Caroline Dinenage MP
Every child deserves a childhood and an education that is the BEST and not STRESSED!
We are living in one of the few countries in the world where our children start formal schooling at the age of 4. Our newspapers are full of stories about children's mental health, children failing in basic skills, children behaving anti socially, and teachers leaving in droves. Our National Curriculum is constantly moving the goalposts with children's heads being filled with knowledge that many adults either never learned, or if they did it was much later, perhaps in secondary or higher education. My own son explained to me what a 'subordinate clause' was. I have written 5 books for teachers, numerous articles and yet have somehow succeeded in writing and actually ENJOYED the process without needing this technical vocabulary. If we consider what our future generations need, we will see they need strong communication skills, strong personal, social and emotional development, strong physical skills, embedded concrete literacy and maths skills, an understanding of and respect for their world and creativity. They need characteristics such as resilience, perseverance, creative thinking, the ability to solve problems, think outside the box, independence, risk taking, confidence and the ability to learn from mistakes as they grow in a world which is a challenging place to be...and becoming more so by the day. The irony of all of the above is that we have a curriculum in England that delivers all this and more. The only problem is it ends when children leave Reception classes. Increasingly worryingly, for many children, it is ending in the Reception classes due to pressures to be so called "National Curriculum" ready! Many children even at aged 3 and 4 are spending days at tables, being tested, completing worksheets and being forced to write when all the evidence shows us that they need to be moving, doing, exploring, experiencing, feeling, seeing. These young children are being damaged and as a society we will pay the price in years to come when our world needs inventors, risk takers, entrepreneurs, and LEADERS! Our current education system of doing more earlier in a bid to catch up with our international counterparts is dangerous, and not preparing children for the world in which they will live as adults. So please please let's extend the developmentally appropriate, child centred, tried and tested approaches used in Early Years education and the term "Early Years" to encompass children from birth to 7 or even 8...as it did on my teaching degree and in my nursery nursing qualification. Look abroad at nations like Finland where this is just what happens. Their children are thriving and out performing ours. Our children (and their families and teacher's) are tired, stressed, pressured and fed up. Children as young as 4 are switched off and see learning as boring.... It's time to extend the tried and tested, researched, proven approaches of early education into Key Stage 1. Let's see a focus on areas of real learning AND development, not just abstract subject knowledge AND with a focus on the statutory Characteristics of Effective Learning..those essential learning behaviours which set us up for life and the challenges we face in it daily! Lets see children's well being and mental health as crucial! Let's put them at the heart of education...otherwise who is it for? Let's make sure everyone working with children (not just the youngest ones) understand child development, how children learn and the power of play for all! Let's stop the testing, stop the inappropriate practice and make a change for our children, their families and our educational workforce. Let's make a change for the future. WB Yeats stated that: "Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire". It's time to find the matches...
Petition to Theresa May MP
Better nurseries for all children
A child’s future chances depend on the support they get in their early years. But in the UK now, children are arriving for their first day of school struggling to speak in full sentences or understand simple instructions. Good nurseries are crucial if we’re going to fix this. My name is Dr Elizabeth Kilbey and I took part in Channel 4’s The Secret Lives of 4, 5 & 6 year olds. The programme followed children at nursery as they learnt to make their way in the world. It was amazing to see just how much children learn in their first five years. That’s why I want the government to invest in better quality early learning, like nurseries and why I’ve started a petition calling for the government to ensure there’s an early years teacher in every nursery in England by 2020. Save the Children’s research has found that 1 in 5 children starts primary school behind in basic language skills, rising to 1 in 3 of the poorest children. If a child starts school behind, they tend to stay behind -- meaning struggling at school to keep up and not achieving their potential. Going to a good quality nursery with well qualified staff can make a huge difference. Please take a moment to sign the petition now, to give every child the support to thrive in their first vital years, so there’s nothing stopping them from getting the most out of life.
Petition to Amazon, UK Parliament
Get Amazon to remove offensive paralysed child abuse photo products sold in the UK
Petition to Councillor Hitesh Tailor, Rupa Huq, Caroline Jenkinson, Kerry Murphy, Sally Osmond
Keep Nursery in Acton Vale Community Centre
The Management committee members of the Acton Vale Community Centre want to close down the Nursery. This is a nursery serving us the local residents and providing jobs for the community. The Nursery has been beneficial to us and a home away from home for the residents here. Unfortunately, our area does not have many nurseries that meet the requirements of the residents here. Nurseries have been in and out of this place. Unfortunately, they are always kicked out after a short period of opening. This community needs this nursery to stay opened to provide Jobs and Education.
Petition to Courts of justice London, Court of appeal judge
I LOVE MY CHILDREN, AND THEY LOVE ME. HELP US PLEASE
My children was placed on a home placement . Pending investigations into my son soiling at school and myself being blamed . The school nurse put him on laxatives when he has diarrhoea not constipation, so he started pooing his pants. The Local Authority changed the threshold for a new court case, the created false documents, removed my evidence from court. Ive been stiched up, and my children have been permanently removed for not bowing to a power crazy socail worker.