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[Barnardos Free Docs.-Young people’s views on social issues]7118whosegovernmentbookle

[Barnardos Free Docs.-Young people’s views on social issues]7118whosegovernmentbookle

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Every year Barnardo’s works with over 100,000 children and young people, as well as their families, carers and communities. Our aim is to challenge the disadvantages and injustices they face, prevent social exclusion and maximise their opportunities.
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Every year Barnardo’s works with over 100,000 children and young people, as well as their families, carers and communities. Our aim is to challenge the disadvantages and injustices they face, prevent social exclusion and maximise their opportunities.

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Published by: innocentbystander on Jan 28, 2010
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In 2001,Barnardo’s produced thereport:
Whose government is it anyway? 
which gave the opinionsof more than 80 children andyoung people about their livesand the policies and legislation that affect them.In 2004 weconsulted with a much wider range of children and youngpeople.This report contains thereal voices of over 130 childrenand young people aged between6 and 22,from a variety obackgrounds and who use arange of our services throughout the UK.These voices prove thatchildren and young people areindeed interested in ‘politics’.Asadults,we need to listen and take account of the messages they are sending.
Politics,politicians and governments
The children and young people who gave their viewshave clear ideas about what they feel makes a ‘good’politician:fairness and the ability to trust were seenas important.They have some interesting thoughtsabout how governments could better engage withchildren and young people.
‘He (a politician) would wantpeople to be treated fairly’ 
11-year-old,Hull
‘They would speak proudly and strong’ 
12-year-old,Hull
‘Trust – you have to trust your friends so you should be able totrust a politician’ 
13-year-old,Scotland
‘Have different views,as sistershave different views on thingsbut are friends and trust eachother,but are different people’ 
13-year-old,Scotland
‘It shouldn’t matter if they (politicians) have a disability’ 
8-year-old,Blackpool
‘Someone who doesn’t thinkthey’re better than everyone else’ 
16-year-old,Liverpool
‘Listen to everyone – including young people’ 
12-year-old,Wales
‘They shouldn’t judge people’ 
10-year-old,Wales

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