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We’re there for UK children throughout childhood

Life for children in the UK can be tough. Almost 4 million live in poverty, obesity and mental health problems are rising, and many experience violence, abuse and neglect. So, here in the UK, we’re putting our years of experience working for children around the world into practice.

We’re there throughout childhood, making sure that every child has the same chance to shine. We work with the hospitals where they are born, the schools where they learn and grow, and the communities that shape their lives.

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

Giving babies the best start in life

Our Baby Friendly Initiative enables public services to better support families with feeding and developing close, loving relationships. The programme supports maternity, neonatal, health visiting and children’s centre services, to ensure they are giving newborns and their families the best possible care.

We’re also working with universities to ensure that newly qualified midwives and health visitors have the strong foundation of knowledge needed to care for families.


Helping to make UK schools safe, inspiring places to learn

Through our Rights Respecting Schools Award, we work with schools in the UK to create environments where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. By embedding these values in daily school life, we can give children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.

Over 1.5 million children in the UK go to a Rights Respecting School and nearly 5,000 schools up and down the country are working through the Award.

Watch UK school children talk about being Rights Respecting

Ensuring children’s rights are respected in their communities

Our Child Friendly Cities & Communities programme brings Unicef together with local government to put children’s rights at the heart of local services, policy and planning. We work with political leaders, frontline staff, community organisations and more, to make sure children have a say in the decisions that affect them.

It’s about supporting all children to flourish and engage actively with their communities. And it’s about valuing children, here and now, and working with communities to protect the most vulnerable.


We aim to create neighbourhoods, communities and cities where children are treated with dignity, and services work for them.

Ensuring children can access food during the coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus pandemic is the most urgent crisis affecting children since the Second World War, upending children’s lives everywhere, including right here in the UK.

In July 2020, we launched our first ever domestic response, in partnership with Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming, to ensure families can access food through local community projects.

Food Power for Generation Covid is focused on providing small scale grants (£5,000 – £25,000) to community based food banks, food pantries and other similar organisations to ensure children and families have access to the food they need during the crisis period.

Since the summer we have awarded funding to 30 organisations across England, Scotland and Wales, which will reach up to 15,000 vulnerable children until the end of February 2021.

Unicef's work for children here in the UK

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