Through our policy and campaigning work, we strive to identify the problems that young people face today. Talking Change is the podcast that explains why it all matters

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Released towards the end of the month, each episode explores a particular theme of our policy and campaigning work, in conversation with a wide range of very special guests. From subject matter experts and frontline workers, to young people themselves, politicians, law enforcement and more – Talking Change brings you real voices deeply involved in the issues we should all care about.

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Series one

Episode 4: A fairer start for care leavers

Tens of thousands of young people who have left the care of their council are now exempt from paying council tax.  In this episode, we reflect on the  multi-year campaign; why it was necessary, how it was accomplished, and what still remains to be done.

Episode 3: Young people's mental health 

For young people struggling with their mental health, getting help can be hard. The government has promised to transform children and young people’s mental health – but does it stack up? 

Episode 2: NRPF: No Recourse to Public Funds

We investigate the daily struggle faced by families subject to No Recourse to Public Funds, a condition of their immigration status that prevents them from accessing any benefits or welfare support.

Episode 1: Child criminal exploitation and 'County Lines'

We explore the growing phenomenon of child criminal exploitation through 'County Lines' - where children are groomed and exploited by criminal gangs to traffic and sell drugs in other parts of the country. Read more in the show notes


Our Audio Briefings 

We also produced four episodes for a previous podcast series, The Children's Society Audio Briefings, which you can listen to below.

Episode 4: The impact of cyberbullying on young people's mental health

Episode 3: A ‘breathing space’ for families in problem debt

Episode 2: Children’s well-being and the importance of early intervention services

Episode 1: Council tax exemption and care leavers