We work to change laws and policies to improve the lives of children and young people

Influencing change

Along with our services for children and young people, we work to change laws and policies to improve the lives of children and young people. This includes campaigning, lobbying, research and local well-being consultations (asking young people what they think) across the country. We do this by:

Researching children and young people’s well-being

Our world leading well-being research programme launched in 2005 and puts the voice of the child at the heart of studies about well-being. It has filled the gap in research about young people’s views of their own well-being.

We want our research to explain what well-being is and what it means for young people, and we do achieve this by listening to the views of young people themselves.

In 2016/17, we asked children and young people to tell us about the parts of their life where they are doing well, and where they are not doing so well, in order to find ways of improving well-being in their local area.

Working to create better mental health in education

School and colleges are a good place to start finding out who needs our help, support the mental health and emotional needs of pupils, and signpost to further support.

Learnings from our well-being programme tell us that good mental health is about dealing with mental health issues when they happen – by working with schools we can make sure you get the help you need, when you need it. We have asked the Government to do more to help students get mental health and well-being in schools across England and Wales.

Campaigning on mental health and poverty 

We are calling on the Government to create a ‘breathing space’ scheme that gives parents and young people time and space to repay their debts, with no rising fees or visits from intimidating bailiffs.

Calling for better access to mental health support

It’s important young people can trust the professionals who can help them. Young people are not getting the right support via social services Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS). We don’t want you to have long delays to access the services you need. We work with local authorities to ensure you receive the right care, when you need it.

If you’d like to get involved

If you are interested in campaigning for us you can find out about our current campaigns and how to get involved.