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Our campaigns

We campaign alongside young people so they can overcome the toughest challenges of modern life and face their futures with hope and confidence. 

We're fighting to overturn the decline in children's well-being, for young refugees to have a trusted adult looking out for them, and so families in crisis can afford to keep their children healthy and happy.

Our campaigns to help children

Right now, young people’s well-being is in decline. That's why by 2030 we have a goal to overturn the damaging decline in children’s well-being. But we can't do it alone. Each year our Good Childhood report asks thousands of children across the country how they are feeling. There is no other measure for children’s well-being. This needs to change. The Government measures adults' well-being, but not young people's, meaning it is blind to the major life challenges young people face.

We also know that families across the country are struggling to afford the basics like food and rent. We want local councils to get the funding they need to support families in crisis, that's why we're calling on them to strengthen their safety nets.

The change we make

We drive change at a local and national level. We influence national legislation and make sure local councils look after those who have it toughest in their communities. 

why we campaign

Making school uniforms affordable

Thanks to our tireless campaigning, the government recently promised to cut the cost of school uniforms. 

What does this mean for children?

It means more families will be able to send their children to school in the 'right' uniform. Less children will be sent home or singled out for wearing non-compliant or ill-fitting clothes. They can focus on learning without worrying about wearing the wrong thing.

What's next?

As schools get back to normal, the government need to put children's well-being at the heart of the education recovery. Join us as we fight back for children's futures.

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Crisis support for families

Crisis support for families

Over the course of the pandemic, our supporters helped secure £332 million for families in crisis. 

What does it mean for children?

It means families were able to keep their children fed and the bills paid. They had somewhere to turn when times were tough. Children could focus on themselves, without worrying about the family's money problems.

What's next?

Families are still struggling. The support can't stop here. Sign our petition to secure long term funding for families in crisis

Legal aid for unaccompanied children

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Legal aid for unaccompanied children

For five years, we challenged the government's decision to cut legal aid. Thanks to thousands of campaigners coming together, the government finally decided to bring back legal aid for migrant children on their own.

What does this mean for children?

It means many children who arrive in the UK alone can now afford to get expert legal support to help prove their right to live in this country. Immigration cases are stressful and this takes some of the pressure off. They're given a fairer chance at rebuilding their lives.  

What's next?

Legal Aid is a big step but these young people also need someone looking out for them. Join our youth-led campaign to secure guardians for all separated children and unaccompanied young people in England and Wales. 

Fairer start for care leavers

Fairer start for care leavers

On a local level, we've been campaigning so care leavers would be exempt from council tax up to the age of 25. So far, 130 councils have introduced this policy.

What does this mean for care leavers?

This means that when these young people start living independently, they aren't faced with big, scary bills. They have time to get a job, start managing their money and build a future filled with hope. We will continue to campaign until all councils have introduced the council tax exemption. 

The change we make

47,459

care leavers are now exempt from paying council tax up to the age of 25

15,000

separated or unaccompanied migrant children now get access to free legal advice

Become a part of the change we make

Over the years, our campaigns have created a lot of positive change for young people. From making sure low income families get free school meals to introducing compulsory sex and health education in secondary schools. But we can't stop. More needs to be done. Only with your support can we create a society built for all children. 

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