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 8: Impact of COVID-19 on children and families

A special episode looking at some of the ways in which children and families are being impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the UK's lockdown measures.

Episode 7: That awkward age pt. II

The second part of our look at how vulnerable teenagers are falling through the cracks between childhood and adulthood, recorded live at an event in Parliament. 

Episode 6: That awkward age

In this episode, we’re talking about that awkward age between childhood and adulthood. For vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds this can be especially awkward, as support they receive from services will often drop away once they turn 18.  Read more in the blog.


Episode 5: Where would you turn in a crisis?

For families in crisis, emergency funding from councils allows them to buy food, pay utility bills and keep their children safe. This support provides a vital safety net when the worst happens. But in many areas, this safety net is at real risk. For 1 in 7 councils, it has already disappeared.  Read more in the blog.

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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. Read more in the blog.

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? Read more in the blog.

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