A SHEFFIELD MP has thrown her support behind a campaign to end the use of children’s care homes and orphanages around the world.
Meg Munn, who represents Heeley, pledged to help efforts to stop the institutional care of youngsters, ensuring all children have the chance to grow up in a family.
Ms Munn made the pledge at an event in the Houses of Parliament hosted by the charity Hope and Homes for Children.
It is estimated around eight million children across the world are living in an institution or orphanage.
Some children raised in poor-quality institutions fail to stand or walk by the age of four. Many are also at higher risk of developing personality disorders later in life.
Ms Munn said: “As a former social worker, I know that being looked after by a loving family is more likely to provide the support that all children need. This is especially the case for children who have experienced trauma or family breakdown.
“Institutional care is damaging for children and the issue needs addressing, as it was here in the UK, globally.”
Mark Waddington, the charity’s chief executive, said: “In the UK we drew a line under institutional care for children decades ago because we knew this environment wasn’t fit for our nation’s children and was, in fact, highly damaging.
“It is unthinkable that we should accept any less for the millions of children in the developing world. We are delighted that Meg has pledged to support our efforts.”