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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. Children across the country are fighting for hope, worried about their futures. This needs to change. The Government must make children's well-being a priority. 

At the same time, families across the country are struggling to afford the basics like food and rent. Local councils urgently need funding to support those in crisis.

And for young refugees arriving in the UK alone, life isn't easy. Many don't have anyone by their side through the asylum process. Help us fight for their futures.


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. 

Making school uniforms affordable

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.

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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.

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. 

Change we made for care leavers in numbers


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


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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