We launched in May 2020 in response to the first wave of closures of schools across the UK, a decision which has had a devastating impact on children. Our first campaign was successful – schools are now fully open to all pupils once again.
We campaign for their needs to be prioritised in response to decisions on Coronavirus, and beyond.
We speak for children because we believe that a society which put children front and centre would be better, brighter and fairer.
We’re all only too aware of the sacrifices made by our children over the last year. With the support of amazing people, UsforThem has been able to give national profile to the importance of prioritising children’s wellbeing and education. One of our greatest concerns has been the physical and psychological harm caused by masks.
The recommendation for children to wear masks in lessons does not seem to be based on any scientific evidence, fails to recognise the new realities of us having offered the vaccine to the most vulnerable groups, appears to have been introduced without evaluation of potential harms, and significantly undermines the “national priority” of ensuring British schoolchildren have the chance to recover from extended educational disruption.
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