On 13th July 2010, EveryChild together with other international NGOs and networks - including the Consortium for Street Children, The International Children's Trust, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Railway Children, Retrak, Save the Children, WarChild and ChildHope UK - went to Westminster to launch a new report, Protect for the Future, about the international Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and their impact on children.
Protect for the Future estimates that, globally, 24 million children are living without parental care. Moreover, these figures are growing rapidly due to factors such as AIDS and the global recession. It suggests that children staying with relatives other than parents are often living in already resource-poor households and may be subject to discrimination, abuse and exploitation. "There is a clear downward spiral, with little progress against some MDGs leading to greater abuses of children's rights," states the report.
In anticipation of the UN Summit on Millennium Development Goals in September in New York, the report outlines several policy recommendations aimed at policy makers and the European Union and UK Department for International Development (DfID). It states that achieving the MDGs requires greater monitoring and investment in children's rights, as well as the incorporation of child protection into social, educational and health strategies.
Our report calls on world leaders to invest more in protecting children from widespread abuse of their rights to care and protection and explicitly implement social protection programmes that ensure the reduction of poverty in the most vulnerable households. A change of approach and addressing these concerns is essential if we are to meet MDG targets by 2015.