The Children's Inquiry authors Liz Cole and Molly Kinglsey are interviewed on multiple BBC stations
Pinter & Martin authors Liz Cole and Molly Kingsley have been speaking on BBC radio this week about why they believe the Covid pandemic has exposed children as a social underclass.
Children’s campaigners Cole and Kingsley, authors of hard-hitting new book The Children’s Inquiry: How the State and Society Failed the Young During The Covid-19 Pandemic, say that children’s welfare and well-being has been ‘sacrificed’ for that of adults.
The impact of the pandemic has, they say, seen children actively discriminated against by policymakers – with their educational and health needs coming second to those of grown-ups.
While children have never been officially enfranchised in the UK political system, the Government and societal response to the Covid pandemic is claimed to have “trampled” over the de facto social and moral convention that children’s interests should come first in society.
As a result of enforced nationwide school closures during the first and second waves of the pandemic, many children are now said to be unhealthier, unhappier and lagging behind in their educational and social development.
Liz Cole (top) and Molly Kingsley are co-founders of children’s rights group UsForThem and authors of new book The Children’s Inquiry: How the State and Society Failed the Young During The Covid-19 Pandemic.
The Children’s Inquiry: How the State and Society Failed the Young During The Covid-19 Pandemic by Liz Cole and Molly Kingsley is out now, published through Pinter & Martin.
This is despite all four member states of the UK – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – having a Children’s Commissioner whose remit is to advise the Government on the promotion and protection of children’s rights and interests.
This office, established in 2005, is critiqued as lacking bite by Cole and Kingsley, co-founders of UsForThem – a volunteer-led organisation launched in May 2020 to campaign for children’s needs to be prioritised in response to the Covid pandemic.
Cole and Kingsley, both parents of two, describe the current British political system as a ‘gerontocracy’ (rule by elders) that has “robbed children of their childhood”, they say that despite all of the data on the impact of the pandemic response on children, they continue to be side-lined in policymaking.
They are now calling for a royal commission to examine how children’s interests can be better served and protected within the political system by providing them with direct enfranchisement.
The children’s campaigners and authors have been interviewed this week about their findings by stations including BBC Bristol, BBC Derby, BBC Sheffield, BBC Leeds, and BBC London.
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