Campaigners are set to call for a national children’s day when they stage a conference in Sheffield.
Sheffield social enterprise Youth Can Achieve is to host the event on Wednesday, where child experts, organisations and charities will 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, and we’re hoping, in coming years, to turn this into a UK-wide celebration.
“This is an 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 across the world would be recognised and celebrated.
Nikki said: “A national children’s day would celebrate our children and young people, showcasing the work they do in society and communities, as carers and 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 at the city centre Leopold Hotel from 10am and coincides with NSPCC Go Green day, when people across the city ‘go green’ to show support for children and raise awareness 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.”
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