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To keep all children healthy, happy and safe

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Life for children in the UK can be tough

Almost 4 million UK children live in poverty. Obesity and mental health problems are rising. And many thousands are in danger from violence, abuse and neglect every day.

So here in the UK we are putting our years of experience working for children around the world into practice in the places that reach children day in, day out. We’re working with the hospitals where they are born, the schools where they learn and grow and the services that shape their lives to make sure that every child has the same chance to shine.

  • Our Baby Friendly Initiative supports breastfeeding, helping new parents to give their babies the love, care and nourishment they need to get the best start in life.
  • Our Rights Respecting Schools Award helps make classrooms places where children feel valued, respected and able to thrive.
  • Our Child Friendly Cities & Communities programme helps children up and down the country – including the most vulnerable – to feel safe, heard and nurtured, by transforming the services that are there to support them.

Watch this film to find out how our programmes in the UK are working to keep children healthy, happy and safe.

Unicef's work for children here in the UK

We are pioneering new ways to give children the best chance to shine

Unicef has been changing children’s lives in the UK for more than 20 years and we will be there for them as long as they need us. We make the most of new technologies and we embrace innovation to ensure our work for children is always relevant and pioneering.

  • U-Report is an anonymous messaging service that allows young people to speak out on issues that matter to them and get their voices heard by decision-makers. By doing so they are joining a community of nearly 3 million U-reporters around the world.
  • Baby, I Love You is a very special baby book for new mums, dads and babies in Scotland. The book is a gift from Unicef, with love, to every baby born in Scotland between the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Games in Australia’s Gold Coast.

Are you aged between 13 and 25? Do you want to raise your voice on issues that you care about? Sign up to U-Report on Facebook or Twitter and join a community of U-Reporters speaking out on issues that matter.

Campaigning to protect UK children from unsafe air

As part of our work in the UK, we also campaign to keep children safe. Right now, our research has found that one in three children in the UK – that’s 4.5 million children – are growing up in areas with unsafe levels of particulate pollution.

Air pollution may be invisible, but it’s incredibly dangerous for children, babies and pregnant women. Breathing toxic air can damage their growth and leave them with lasting health problems, and because children’s lungs are still developing, they are particularly affected. Every child has the right to grow up breathing clean, safe air wherever they live, learn and play.

We are uniquely placed  to make sure a rights-based approach is taken to tackle the air pollution crisis in the UK and later this year we’ll be launching a campaign to urge the UK Government to prioritise children’s health and keep children safe from polluted air.

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