Posted: 26 August 2014

Policy update: School costs, asylum support and children's well-being

Our policy, campaigns and research teams are busy leading and supporting several projects that help children and families, including:

The cost of school

We're supporting a group of 15 young people are leading The Children’s Commission on Poverty, which aims to uncover the true cost of school for disadvantaged children and young people.

So far the Commission has held sessions in parliament, and received real stories from children and parents. Their report is published in the autumn. Visit the Commission's website for more information.

Helping asylum-seeking families

Almost 6000 families with children fleeing war and persecution have found themselves destitute in the UK. Though they are entitled to assistance from the Home Office while their asylum claims are processed, the support they receive is below the poverty line.

We backed a parliamentary inquiry on asylum support in 2012. Asylum-seeking parents are rarely allowed to work by the Home Office, so are unable to support themselves. In April, a judge ruled that the level of asylum support must be reassessed by this August.

Good Childhood Report 2014

This key part of our well-being research programme explores what we know about the quality of children’s lives, as rated by children themselves, and will be published on 28 August.

Improving children’s lives

Alongside the Birmingham Commission for Children, we’re working to find out how children’s lives in Birmingham can be improved in the next 10 years. It has heard views from children, young people and professionals, and will publish its report this autumn.

By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital team