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,” explains Children’s Champion Andrew. “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 to 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. By registering your interest now, you will receive information about the next available dates as soon as they are confirmed. It’s vital you tick the box to hear from us over email, so we can contact you about upcoming training. You must complete a training day online or in-person to be part of the network.
To become a Children’s Champion you need to be passionate about Unicef’s work and prepared to commit a small amount of your time. You also need to have a UK postal address and consent during registration to hear from us over email. If you have any additional questions, please email us.