MPG is using the insight afforded by attachment science to achieve further change in policies towards families and especially children. At the heart of our efforts is a children’s pledge.
Problems among young people have sadly risen to epidemic proportions, and the family life that nurtures and sustains them is under greater pressure than ever before.
In the battle for positive change – as a building block and measure of progress- we believe that it is vital that everyone who works with children should sign our children’s pledge.
Of course, most of those who work with children care deeply for their charges. Our pledge makes the nature of that at care explicit and beyond question. It is:
The Mindful Policy Group’s Pledge for Children
If the powers-that-be are ever to recognize the need to make choices for children, and face the results of their own failure to make those choices to date, they will first have to relinquish the moral high ground of their assumption that today’s children “have never had it so good”. Of course children in post-industrial Western societies are “better off”, in our terms, than the children who worked with their parents in the cotton plantations and mills of nineteenth century America and Britain, or those who work in the similar sweatshops of contemporary cities in countries that are industrialising now. Of course our children’s world is privileged beyond the dreams of millions in the villages of developing nations. And of course we can see our treatment of children as humane and respectful if we compare it with the treatment of children swept around Eastern Europe in an orgy of “ethnic cleansing” or shot as vermin in the streets of Brazil. But hindsight, and value-judgments that tell us life is better for most children here and now than somewhere else or at another time, are a cop-out. The moral imperative for any society, surely, is to do the best it can in response to its own unique conditions; doing better than other societies that are less well-placed is no good cause for complacency. The comparisons that matter, are between how things are for our children and how they could be. When we make those comparisons the moral high ground crumbles beneath us, because our society could do so much better for children than it does.
THE MPG CHILDREN’S PLEDGE
CHILDREN FIRST BECAUSE WE ARE ALL CHILDREN FIRST
I pledge myself to make the wellbeing of all children a priority in my life and my thinking. I will put my personal relationships with children ahead of all others and do all I can to encourage child-friendly attitudes and actions by individuals, institutions, organisations and in government policies. I will never justify or excuse myself or anyone else for action which harms a child.