The Prime Minister must be a champion for children

We've joined forces with the UK's leading children's charities to make sure the new UK government puts Children at the Table.

Children are facing more challenges. With your support, we can make sure the new UK government does more to transform the lives of children


The UK has a chance to be the best place in the world to grow up. Right now, it isn’t. In the last few years, children have faced more challenges.  

It’s estimated that more than 1 in 4 children live in poverty.

There are more babies going without support from health visitors. More children growing up in poverty. And more young people are waiting months on a mental health waiting list.

We can change this. To make this happen, the new UK government must make good childhoods a national priority.

62% of UK children think that politicians don’t understand the issues that affect children and young people today.

How we've already made sure children's voices are heard

Thank you to our incredible supporters who signed our petition to put Children at the Table.

Following the General Election, young campaigners working with the NSPCC and the other leading children's charities in the UK handed in our petition to the Prime Minister, Keir Starmer.

Together, we asked the Prime Minister to put children at heart of the new UK government.

The Children's Charities Coalition

We’ve teamed up with the other leading children's charities in the UK – Barnardo’s, Action for Children, The Children’s Society and The National Children’s Bureau – to create The Children's Charities Coalition.

Together, we aim to put Children at the Table by making children's voices heard.  

We want to see safer, happier and healthier childhoods right across the UK. Ahead of the general election, we asked all political parties to commit to putting children at the heart of government.

Now elected, we’re asking the new UK government to:  

  • work together to improve the lives of babies, children and young people
  • put children's needs and voices at the heart of decision making
  • spend more of the nation’s wealth on babies, children and young people.

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Why is this important?

If the new government puts children first, we can make sure: 

  • children have a great childhood and start in life  
  • child poverty, mental health, and children’s social care are addressed comprehensively
  • we rally the entire government to make the UK the best place for babies, children and young people.