Unicef UK campaigns to stand up for children’s rights in the UK and all around the world. We couldn’t do it without the help of our most dedicated campaigners – our Children’s Champions.
We work together to make sure the UK Government delivers on its responsibilities for children, and the Children’s Champions network plays a crucial role in making this happen.
What do Children’s Champions do?
The key role of the Children’s Champion network is to help ensure Unicef campaign messages are heard at the local level. As a Children’s Champion you will regularly contact your MP (including meeting them face-to-face and writing letters or emails), engage with your local media, and raise awareness of our campaigns in your constituency. It’s crucial that we make sure MPs understand just how much their constituents care about children’s rights and keeping children safe.
"I felt it was time to act upon the things that occur everyday. It’s a continuously expanding network of like-minded people that makes me feel we really can have an impact."
What support will I receive as a Children’s Champion?
You don’t need to be an expert to join the network. We’ll give you all the support you need, including the latest campaign information, background reading on the campaign issue, and guidance on how to engage your local MP and media.
We provide regular training opportunities including face-to-face events and conference calls, and we’re also here to support you and answer any questions you may have. You can also join the Children’s Champion Facebook group where you’ll find out the latest information about our campaigns, find opportunities, and chat with us and chat with other Children’s Champions about their activities.
Where can I sign up?
Twice a year, we welcome new Children’s Champions (usually in February and July), running an in-person and an online training day. You must complete a training day online or in-person to be part of the network. We have had to put training on hold for the foreseeable future. If you’d like to hear about future training sessions, register your interest here.
In the meantime, you can read about our Children Lockdown campaign to find out more about what Coronavirus means for children in the UK. Sign our Open Letter written by our Youth Advisory Board asking the UK Government to directly address children in an age-appropriate broadcast.
You can also read our most recent report Transitioning Through Education which highlights the challenges young refugees continue to face in accessing education and how we can ease their journey.