Home-Start launched its first ever manifesto for Scotland at the Scottish Parliament on 18 November 2014.

Shaped by the views of the 2,000 families Home-Start supports across Scotland and the issues they face, All Our Children is a call to action for all political parties to put children’s lives at the heart of policy.

Home-Start works with vulnerable parents and children who are socially excluded, living in isolation or facing complex problems. The charity supported 4,000 children in Scotland last year.

We want all our children to grow up with:

  • Protection from hunger and poor nutrition
  • Safe places to live and play
  • Support when their parents suffer from a mental illness

Home-Starts in Scotland report that many local authorities have embraced the national commitment to making Scotland the best place to grow up, and that positive work is happening towards this goal. However, multiple pressures including changes in families’ circumstances, unreliable employment, gaps in benefit payments, poor physical and mental health and housing problems can push people into crisis. When this happens, children suffer.

The manifesto, All Our Children, included the results of a survey of Home-Starts in Scotland that reveal:

  • More than four out of five (84% of those who responded) work with families whose children are not protected from food poverty. This is higher than reported by Home-Starts elsewhere in the UK.
  • Four out of five (80%) work with families where children do not have safe places to live and play.
  • Two thirds (64%) believe children in the families they work with are not adequately supported by health and social work services when parents suffer mental illness.

All Our Children sets out a number of practical solutions that will help everyone support vulnerable families in Scotland more effectively.

Download our manifesto for Scotland, All Our Children.