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Children need to
have a say in
what happens
Children need to have a say in what happens

Our campaigns for children

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 and for young refugees to have a trusted adult looking out for them.

Our current 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. Help us make children's well-being a priority

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 get guardians for all unaccompanied child refugees.

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. 

Sometimes it takes years to create change. But we keep going. With our amazing campaigners and supporters, we have made a real difference to the lives of children and young people. 

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Our school uniform campaign

For years we've been campaigning to cut the cost of school uniforms. We finally did it! Now all schools in England will have to make sure uniforms are affordable for families.

Making school uniforms affordable

We made school uniforms affordable

Thanks to our tireless campaigning, the government 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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Fairer start for care leavers

A 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

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

Legal aid for unaccompanied children

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We got 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 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.

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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