We’re working right here in the UK

To keep all children healthy, happy and safe

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 more than 4,500 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.
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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 one in three children in the UK are growing up in areas where they’re breathing toxic air.  This can damage their growth and leave them with lasting health problems.

We want children to be at the heart of the UK Government’s air quality strategy, so that every child can grow up breathing clean, safe air wherever they live, learn and play.

Find out more about our work on air pollution