Policy and lobbying
We respond to government proposals, inform parliamentarians about our key concerns, and provide briefings suggesting solutions
The Children's Society has championed disadvantaged children throughout its 130-year history and today our policy work is focused on these groups of disadvantaged children:
- children in poverty including the impact of debt and financial exclusion on children and young people
- children at risk including children who run away and those involved in or at risk of sexual exploitation
- young refugees and migrants including trafficked and undocumented children
By focusing our efforts on the most marginalised or discriminated young people we strive to ensure that every child has a good childhood.
Our policy work
We work closely with both national and local government. We actively engage with ministers, their advisors and civil servants to influence policy development and set out policy solutions. This includes conducting policy analysis and research to inform government policy and submitting responses to government consultations. We are seeking to more actively influence local government as they are given greater discretion to determine priorities and resourcing.
Our policy recommendations are backed by sound research evidence and the experience of the young people we work with. We also work in partnership with those who share our goals, including think tanks, other voluntary sector organisations and agencies to share experiences and maximise our impact.
Read our most recent consultation responses.
Our influencing work
We work with decision makers at both the national and local level to tell what children and young people want and what they think about their lives. We try and change the Government’s law and policies, in Westminster, the Welsh Assembly and at a local council level so that they are better for children and young people.
We do this by giving information to decision makers, briefing them before important debates or decisions are made, asking questions to the Government and amending legislation and local council policies. Our work with young people is integral to helping us identify the issues where legal, policy and regulatory change is really needed and we work closely with young people to help them present their stories and experiences directly to politicians and policy-makers.
We equip decision makers across the country with information about the needs of children and young people in their local area is a core part of our work and we have produced local data packs for:
- police forces
Get your local pack today. (Link available soon.)
Find out more about our national work in Westminster, including our:
- work to influence bills and legislation - read our parliamentary briefings
- responses to national Government’s consultations
Find out more our local influencing work, including our:
- Responses to local consultations
- Local resources, such as council motions and local briefings (coming soon)
- Work in Wales (coming soon)
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.
Learn how we work with children at risk who run away from home or care because of conflict, abuse or neglect.
We tell members of parliament (MPs) and peers what children and young people want and what they think about their lives. We also co-provide the Secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Missing Children and Adults.
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