Does campaigning work?
At Unicef, we’ve done more to influence laws and policies to protect children than anyone else – we know that campaigning can make a difference.
Earlier this year, the UK Government announced that the UK will sign the Safe Schools Declaration – a political commitment which protects schools, students and teacher from attack in areas affected by conflict. We have been calling for the Government to sign up to the declaration since the run up to the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, and thanks to the support of over 170,000 members of the public, ambassadors, business leaders, and hundreds of schools across the UK we are delighted to see that this change has been achieved for children. With this declaration in place, not only does this send a clear message out to Governments about the importance of education in emergencies, but also more children affected by war will be able to learn and play in safety.
What are we
And how can you get involved?
Protecting children from air pollution
Air pollution may be invisible, but it’s incredibly dangerous for children. If they breathe toxic air, it can damage their growth and leave them with lasting health problems.
We are uniquely placed to make sure that a rights-based approach is taken to tackle the air pollution crisis in the UK.
Later this year, we’ll be launching a campaign to urge the UK Government to prioritise children’s health in their air pollution strategies. If you want to know how you can get involved, simply sign up below and you’ll be the first to hear.
Reuniting refugee children with their families
Around the world, whole communities are on the move and children are the worst affected. Right now, across the world, children are being forced to make dangerous journeys to Europe to reach their family in the UK.
We have been calling on the UK Government to change the definition of family within the UK’s refugee family reunion law to allow unaccompanied children to safely join their parents, grandparents, adult siblings, aunts and uncles in the UK, rather than making these dangerous journeys to reach Europe.
There has been progress, and the Government has committed to negotiate with the EU to remain in Dublin III after Brexit. However, while we welcome a negotiating position, we still do not have safe and legal routes for refugee children to join their family in the UK. The UK can easily fix this by amending the Immigration Rules – a simple change to UK law – rather than needing to wait for the EU.
We’re continuing to work with the Government to make this change.