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 parliamentary work
We work closely with MPs and peers across all political parties to achieve our influencing objectives and ensure the views and experiences of the young people we work with reach decision makers. This includes giving evidence to parliamentary committees, acting as secretariat for All Party Parliamentary Groups and inquiries, lobbying on specific legislation, and informing parliamentarians about our key concerns through briefings.
Our local work
We work closely with local authorities, police forces and local health providers to ensure services are delivered that are in children’s best interests. This includes responding to consultations, conducting independent research into children’s lives and ensuring the voice of children is heard in local decision making.
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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