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We’re making sure that young people’s voices are heard in the UK, and we need your help.

In the last year, we have launched U-Report – a messaging service specifically for young people in the UK aged 13-25 where you can engage with local and national issues that affect you and your communities.

Think of U-Report as a market research tool – looking at what young people have to say about issue that affect them – from homelessness to climate change to the Government agenda on immigration – and using the data to show key decisions makers where they need to bring about change.

Why should I become a U-Reporter?

Through U-Report, you will be able to add your voice to campaigns on things that you care about – like protecting refugees in the UK, or beating bullying in UK schools. As we continue to grow, you will also be able to hold decision-makers to account and have your say on policies that affect you by giving organisations such as local authorities feedback on services or their policies.

There’ll even be opportunities for U-Reporters to come together and set the weekly poll, allowing you to drive the U-Report process and direction, and gather information to support your own campaigning on issues you care about.

The pilot is being run alongside a steering group of young people ©Unicef UK

Your opinions can lead to big changes in the UK
Photo: Unicef UK

I really enjoyed being involved in U-report - getting to spread positivity around the UK and exploring other young people's feedback towards it.

I think that its really important young people have a voice. Because young people are the future generation of tomorrow and as technology advances so do the minds of the new.

Fabien, UK U-Reporter

How does U-Report actually work?

It’s pretty simple – you can sign up to be a U-Reporter on Facebook messenger either by scanning the QR code below, or messaging the word JOIN to U-Report on Facebook. As a U-Reporter, you will get regular poll questions and results, allowing you to voice your opinion and see the change you are helping to achieve. You can also check out the U-Report website for live results during the week.

Remember, U-Report is for young people aged 13 – 25!

Register for U-Report on Facebook.

To get started, visit Facebook page and send us a message with the word JOIN. Or scan the QR code above and message us to join.

After asking to join, you will then receive some simple questions to complete your registration. All data will be held securely, and we will never ask you for any personal or identifiable details.

After you answer the questions about you, you will receive a welcome message. You are now officially a U-Reporter!

Can U-Report make a difference?

Absolutely – in fact, it already is.

The NSPCC used U-Report to find out young people’s views on online safety, taking into account their everyday digital experiences.

We asked what young people do when they don’t feel safe online, what they want to change about the online world, and why they think it’s so important to take action now.  These responses will be incorporated in a policy briefing NSPCC will submit at the next stage of the Lords’ consideration of the Digital Economy Bill.

Scroll through the pictures below to see what U-Reporters have to say about online safety.

U-Report across the globe

Guess what – we’re also not the only ones to use U-Report. U-Report can, and has, made change for young people around the world. U-Reporters in Liberia were asked a question from Unicef, The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Gender on the topic of sexual abuse in schools in return for grades. The results came in thick and fast, and 8 in 10 young people in Liberia said sex for grades is a problem, based on 13,000 responses within 24 hours to a U-report question on the issue.

That’s loads! After the poll, all U-Reporters were told how to report abuse. The Ministry of Gender provided a helpline number for children, offering advice and support; it was inundated with calls. The same week, Unicef staff met the Minister of Education in Liberia to discuss the results and make a plan to address the issue. They’re now working together to improve child protection in schools.

Become a U-Reporter today!

So what are you waiting for? Make sure your voice is heard and join U-Report by messaging the word JOIN to U-Report UK on Facebook or scanning the QR code.

If you’re a parent or teacher, we have free U-Report resources available to download.  If you would like to know more about U-Report,please contact our Supporter Care team or call us on 0300 330 5580 (Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm)

Register for U-Report on Facebook.

Scan the QR code or message the word JOIN to U-Report UK on Facebook to become a U-Reporter.