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The British Betrayal of Childhood
- Challenging Uncomfortable Truths and Bringing About Change
- Lu par : Al Aynsley-Green
- Durée : 8 h et 39 min
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With provocative insight and based on an illustrious 40-year career in public office, Sir Al Aynsley-Green demands to know why outcomes for the UK’s children for health, education, social care, youth justice and poverty remain among the worst in the developed world. He draws global comparisons and offers astute observations of the realities of being a young person in Britain today, to show how government policies have been shamefully failing children on a grand scale.
Prioritizing the need to support and inspire all children, including those with disability or disadvantage, and to design services around their needs, Sir Al puts forward a brave and timely alternative for the UK. By building local communities, shifting national attitudes, and confronting barriers between sectors, he presents a fresh and realistic road map that can enable new generations of children to be as healthy, educated, creative and resilient as they can be, equipped with the confidence and skills they need to lead happy and successful lives.
A must-have for those engaged in children’s services, policy and parenting in the UK, Sir Al confronts the obstacles and attitudes faced by young people today with tact, honesty and compassion, to offer his vision of a society in which each and every child is valued.
"This book makes a compelling case about the need for action. Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green gives a very powerful and personal examination of whether we are creating the right environment for children and young people to flourish. The verdict is worrying. Public policy and leadership has had significant flaws and in some cases wrong-headed attitudes about what children need. There are reasons to be hopeful but there is much to do. Al brings a host of good ideas from the UK and abroad to suggest positive actions that could make a difference. This adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests that as a society we need to act."
Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive, Nuffield Trust, UK
"Passionate, personal and professional, this expansive and compelling book spans time and place, evidence and observation to ask demanding questions about our attitude, investment and practice for children in the UK. With razor-sharp insight and unstinting courage and compassion, Al Aynsley-Green demands answers from us all on how we shall act to achieve equality and change the world for children and he will not rest until he gets them. Thomas Coram would be proud".
Dr. Carol Homden CBE, Chief Executive of the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children (Coram)
"In this passionate work, Al Aynsley-Green describes what is happening to children in Britain today. The book is philosophically and historically grounded and provides detailed international comparisons to show how things can be very different indeed. The argument is based on the author's biography, politics and depth of experience. It raises profound questions about the actions of the state in relation to children and calls for urgent action to strengthen local communities to support children and families. The reader should not expect to agree with everything that is said here, and that is the point. This is a forceful argument for change and pulls no punches."
Professor Susan White, Professor of Social Work, University of Sheffield, UK.