Our policy

Our goal

Children in trouble with the law should be dealt with as children in need and not as criminals.

Around 7,000 children are sent to custody each year in England and Wales and at any one time around 3,000 children are locked up.

Our policy

Our goal

The risk of young people on the streets is reduced by a new, flexible approach that meets the needs they identify.

100,000 children aged under 16 run away from home or care each year in the UK. 1 in 12 say they were hurt or harmed while away from home.

Young refugees and migrants

We aim to ensure that laws and policies help keep young refugees and migrants safe and protect their rights as children, regardless of their immigration status or nationality.

Policy areas

Our policy team focus their work on six main policy areas, helping to make childhood better for children across the UK.

The risk of young people on the streets is reduced by a new, flexible approach that meets the needs they identify.

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Why we campaign

We must improve the lives of the most vulnerable children in our country.

Research staff

Find out about and contact our research team members

Family

Two things stand out compared to a century ago:

  • Most women now work outside the home.
  • In Britain 70% of mothers with 9-12 month old babies now do some paid work.

This compares to only 25% twenty-five years ago.

Family eating breakfast

Research areas

Our research team specialises in areas including children and family relationships, children at risk on the streets and children's well-being.