Children’s secretary Ed Balls today called for an end to bullying and more help for disabled children and children in care.
In his speech to the Labour party conference, Balls also promised greater equality of access to education and pledged to do more to tackle the causes of youth crime and “transform” youth services.
He paid tribute to children’s professionals and parents, promising to listen to ideas and concerns as he drew up the national children’s plan.
“We owe so much to all the staff and volunteers who work with young people in children’s centres, local authorities, the voluntary sector and youth services; and to all the governors and parents who give their time to support our schools.
“I don’t think we stress often enough how important it is that all parents are involved in the education of their children- mothers and fathers too.
“And because they are by far the most important influence on their children’s health, happiness and aspirations, I believe we need to do more to support parents in the difficult job of bringing up children in today’s complex world,” Balls said.