Children’s Report 2022: More rights for young people required

Status: 03.06.2022 15:20

Politics should pay more attention to the interests of children and young people – according to the Children’s Report 2022, this is what a majority of people in Germany want. Most also support children’s rights in the constitution.

According to a survey, a very large majority of Germans would like children’s interests in politics to be taken more into account. This is stated in the Children’s Report 2022 presented by the German Children’s Foundation in Berlin. Therefore, 94 percent of children and young people and 84 percent of adults call for children’s rights to be enshrined in the constitution. A two-thirds majority in the Bundestag and the Bundesrat is required for a corresponding amendment to the Constitution.

For the Children’s Report 2022, two studies have been conducted by the political research institute Kantar Public on behalf of the German Children’s Fund. According to the information, 645 children and young people between the ages of 10 and 17 and 1,046 adults were interviewed.

Wanted more interest from politicians

From the respondents’ point of view, politics has not adequately addressed the concerns of the younger generation in recent years: 83 per cent of minors and 79 per cent of adults were of this opinion. Only nine per cent of the children and young people surveyed and 16 per cent of the adults stated that in recent years politicians have “strongly taken into account” the interests of children and young people when making decisions.

Check laws for youth friendliness

94 per cent of children and young people and 80 per cent of adults also agreed that more children and young people’s officers at federal, state and local level look after the young people’s interests. But many respondents also like the idea of ​​a permanent advisory committee made up of young people: around 88 per cent of young people and 66 per cent of adults support the creation of such a committee for the participation of children and young people in the federal government, where children and young people are represented. 86 percent of those affected and 76 percent of adults want new laws to be checked for their child and youth friendliness.

According to the children’s report, 84 per cent of children and young people and 78 per cent of adults are of the opinion that the money for additional government spending should be offset by additional taxation of very high incomes. About two-thirds of children and young people (67 percent) and about half of adults (52 percent) are in favor of cutting public spending elsewhere, such as defense, road construction or economic development.

“Symptomatic care failure”

The chairman of the German Children’s Fund, Thomas Krüger, accused politicians of lack of interest in children and young people when they presented the results of the survey. In the political debate, there is “an almost systematic disregard for the interests of young people”. Children and young people did not feel represented. If this trend continues, society will face a crucial test, Krüger warned in the 50th year of children’s charity. He advocated understanding child and youth policy as an investment in the future.

Rheinland-Pfalz Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) explained at the presentation of the children’s report that the social participation of the younger generation must be strengthened. This begins with the inclusion of children’s rights in the Constitution – as enshrined in the Rhineland-Palatinate Constitution since 2000 – and extends to lowering the voting age to 16 years. Basic child safety is needed to combat child poverty.

Data basis for the Children’s Report 2022

For the Children’s Report 2022 from the German Children’s Foundation, the political research institute Kantar Public conducted two studies in Germany – one among children and young people (10 to 17 years old) and one among adults (from 18 years old). A total of 1,691 people were interviewed, including 645 children and adolescents and 1,046 adults.

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