News and events

The next report in our well-being programme will be on family and economic well-being and is due in the New Year.

Our policy

Our goal

All laws and practices that protect, safeguard, and promote the welfare of children should be applied to refugee children and young people.

Our Advocacy Projects

The Children's Society has many projects working with disabled children and young people, some of which provide advocacy services for children and young people. Most of these projects have specialist advocates working with disabled children and young people looked after by local authorities.

Advocacy and the law

The child's right to be heard in matters affecting them is enshrined in Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which also stipulates that 'the child shall in particular be provided the opportunity to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings affecting the child, either directly, or through a representative or an appropriate body'.

Why advocacy is needed

Why do disabled children placed away from home need advocates?

The Children's Society believes that all disabled children should have the opportunity to use an advocacy service, however for disabled children placed away from home there is an even greater need for advocacy.

Numbers of disabled children and young people living in residential placements*

What is advocacy?

Advocacy is helping children and young people get their views across and take part in decisions that affect their lives.

Advocacy involves speaking up for children and young people, making sure their rights are respected and their views and wishes are heard and acted upon by decisions makers.

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.