We are very proud to be an associate partner of Greenbelt, the Christian festival of arts, faith and justice.
Thousands of Greenbelters have joined our campaigns over the last five years, making a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children.
We spent the second year at Boughton House focusing on our ongoing campaign to protect the most vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds from abuse, harm and neglect.
They are being let down by the law and not getting the same basic protections as younger children to keep them safe. This is despite the fact that they are more likely to go missing and more likely to be a victim of violent crime than any other age group. They are also at high risk of sexual exploitation, domestic violence and mental health problems.
We asked everyone at the festival to join our call to back our call for restrictions on payday loan ads to protect children. Over 1,000 of you joined our campaign and on 26 November we achieved a considerable step forward in our campaign, with the Government asking the watchdog to immediately investigate curbing payday loan advertising.
We know families face a daily battle to pay the bills, meet housing costs, and find money for food and other basics. We’ll keep campaigning to end the damage debt does to children.
Find out more about our Debt Trap campaign.
In 2013, hundreds of you dressed up as dinner ladies to join our Fair and Square campaign for every child living in poverty gets a free school meal. We were delighted by the news that the government is extending free school meals to all infant children.
Greenbelt 2011 and 2012
In 2011 and 2012 we campaigned to Make Runaways Safe, asking the government to ensure that children and young people who go run away from home have a safety net.
Thanks to your support, more than 30 councils have signed up to the Runaways Charter and are working to make runaways safe, changing unhelpful attitudes towards young people and ensuring they can find the services they need. This has made a real difference to young people who run away.
Please join our campaigns now if you haven’t already done so, and watch our videos from previous years.