UNICEF UK is a registered charity raising funds and awareness to support UNICEF's work to protect child rights worldwide, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). We raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign for the fulfilment of child rights in the UK and abroad. UNICEF UK also runs programmes in hospitals, schools and local communities in the UK.
Breastfeeding: The Baby Friendly Initiative
The Baby Friendly Initiative is a worldwide programme of the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The health and well-being of all babies is at the heart of the Baby Friendly Initiative. A strong mother-baby relationship is the foundation for a baby’s future health and wellbeing. Breastfeeding supports this loving bond and makes a vital difference to health.
We work with UK public services to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding and to strengthen mother-baby and family relationships. Support for these relationships is important for all babies, not only those who are breastfed.
We are currently introducing new standards that reflect new evidence and best practice, which you can read here, and which will be incorporated into our assessment procedure during 2013-14. The website will be updated in stages during this process.
Education: The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA)
Our Education team provides expertise on child rights and global citizenship for young people and those involved in their education. Our Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) provides a framework to help schools to use child rights and the CRC as the foundation for their community.
Child Rights Partners
We are working with local government to put children at the heart of public services, enabling them to lead happy, healthy lives.
Child Rights Partners prioritises the most vulnerable, including children living in care and young people affected by drug and alcohol misuse. Over three years we are working in partnership with six local authorities: Tower Hamlets, Glasgow, Derry, Neath and Port Talbot, Leeds and Newcastle.
We are developing and testing a child rights-based approach to creating services for children. We believe this approach can transform those services and enable every child to reach their full potential.
Parliament: The Public Affairs team
Our Public Affairs team works to change the policies and practices of the UK Government that are in contravention of the CRC and detrimental to children’s rights in the UK and internationally. We do this by working directly with MPs and Peers and by inviting members of the public to join us in campaigning for children’s rights.