A conference, where local campaigners will petition for a national Children’s Day, is to be held in the city.
Sheffield social enterprise Youth Can Achieve will host the event on November 20, where child experts, organisations and charities will gather to debate issues related to children.
Nikki Sharpe, founder of Youth Can Achieve, said: “This year, Sheffield will celebrate Children’s Day in a big way but we’re hoping, in coming years, to turn this into a UK-wide celebration.
“This is a inaugural conference where we’re going to grow the Children’s Day idea and campaign. We hope to get this date firmly recognised by the government.”
In 1954 the United Nations declared November 20 a day when children all across the world would be recognised and celebrated. Although over 70 countries recognise Children’s Day and some even have a National Holiday, in the UK there is currently no official day to recognise the rights of children in compliance with the Children’s Charter.
Nikki added: “A National Children’s Day would celebrate and value of our children and young people, showcasing the work they do in society, in their communities, as carers and as our country’s future. It would remember the children who lost their lives due to neglect and abuse.
“The conference will collect views of children and adults, forming a Children’s Day UK coalition of interested parties to take forward policies around children and lobby government to address these issues for future years.”
The conference will be held at Leopold Hotel from 10am throughout the day. It will coincide with the NSPCC’s Go Green day, when businesses, individuals and brands across the city will ‘go green’ for one day only, to show their support for children and help raise awareness on the issues of child abuse and neglect,
Claire Reading, NSPCC community fundraising manager said: “This is a fantastic idea, the NSPCC believes it’s everyone’s responsibility to listen to and protect all children.”