Coalition fights children's case

None of London's mayoral candidates have included child protection and welfare in their manifestos ahead of tomorrow's poll, a children's charity coalition has warned.

Barnardo's, Childline, NCH, the NSPCC and the Children's Society have joined with 30 other children's charities to challenge the candidates to sign up to their own manifesto.

The manifesto urges candidates to pledge action to fight child poverty, support children at risk of mental health problems, and raise public awareness about abuse and neglect of the young.

Coalition member Delroy Pomell praised Mayor Ken Livingstone for putting in place a children's and young people's strategy, but wanted further support from all candidates.

"One of the biggest barriers facing the future of children and young people in London is the high cost of childcare and transport which must be addressed by all candidates," said Pomell.

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