How Safe Are Palestinian Children?

The following information is taken with permission from the UK Palestine Mental Health Network website:

A group of social workers within the UK-Palestine Mental Health Network have planned a Day of Action for 4th March.

“Every child has the right to grow up safely”
… say the NSPCC, in advertising their 4th March conference: HowSafe2021

Every child? Including Palestinian children, right? Apparently not.

The NSPCC take money from JCB, knowing that their equipment is sold to be used to illegally demolish Palestinian homes

We invite social workers and all concerned about child protection to join our day of action on 4th March to call on the NSPCC to stop doing this

Please do one or more of the following on 4th March

1. Tweet your call to NSPCC to refuse donations from JCB.

Suggested Tweets:

  • Ensure EVERY child has the right to grow up safely @NSPCC @JCBmachines #HowSafe2021 #HowSafeArePalestinianChildren
  • Calling on the @NSPCC to cut your ties with @JCBmachines – your role is to protect children, not to take money tainted with actions that make them homeless and traumatised #HowSafe2021 #HowSafeArePalestinianChildren
  • How can @NSPCC claim to believe in the safety of every child while taking money from @JCBmachines, who profit from the illegal demolition of Palestinian homes and leave thousands of Palestinian children cruelly destitute and harmed #HowSafe2021 #HowSafeArePalestinianChildren

Tweet between 8.30am to 3.30pm and include the conference hashtag

#HowSafe2021 AND our hashtag #HowSafeArePalestinianChildren AND you could also tag @NSPCC

You could also share a photo with a placard, using our hashtag #HowSafeArePalestinianChildren

2. Write to the NSPCC

By email – Key contacts are

Chair of Trustees – neil.berkett@nspcc.org.uk

Chief Executive – peter.wanless@nspcc.org.uk

Director of Fundraising and Engagement – josephine.swinhoe@nspcc.org.uk

By post – Addressed to one or more of the above, ℅ NSPCC Head Office, Weston House, 42 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NH

There are sample letters here.

You will also find ideas in the open letters to the NSPCC from the Social Work Action Network and the UK-Palestine Mental Health Network.

3. Find out more

Clearly, not every child is worth fighting for: racism, conscience and the NSPCC is an excellent article that draws parallels with Black Lives Matter and contains links with detailed information on the issue.

4. Inform your friends and colleagues

Share on your other social media platforms – ask your union or professional association to take action.

Thank you

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