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UsForThem is a movement of parents, teachers, academics and professionals

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We are actively campaigning for a full and normal return to school for children of all ages and backgrounds.

Clear and compelling evidence from across the world demonstrates that children play a minimal role in transmitting COVID-19.

Additionally, studies show that children are at extremely low risk from the virus. Leading medical organisations and experts agree the evidence for keeping schools closed or socially distanced is weak and the risk to their future, and indeed present, far outweighs the risk of reopening schools.

Measures
Lockdown and blanket coronavirus measures have disproportionally affected children and young people.
Schools
Full return to school, with proper wraparound care, is vital to the revitalisation of the economy and to the ability of men and women to work.
Social distancing
Our kids need - and deserve - to get back to school normally. Social distancing in schools is harmful to children’s development.
Decisions
We call for children's welfare to be at the heart of decision-making.

Key Actions

The Government now agree that schools must go back in a fortnight, full time, and on a mandatory basis.

In June, all the signals were that blended learning would be the ‘new normal’ for September.  With your help we pressed hard against this outcome to the key policy-makers and influencers and we think by giving a voice to the unheard parents and children in this way we heavily influenced the Government’s decision to commit to full-time school.

In May we shared the clinical psychologists letter prepared by an Italian team with leading experts who then put together a UK signed by hundreds of psychologists.
350 NHS doctors supported and coordinated by UsforThem wrote to the Government urging against school closures and calling for the needs of children to be prioritised.
In late June, following weeks of work with our lawyers, we issued an unsigned, final draft pre-action letter to the Department for Education articulating detailed legal arguments against school closures and social distancing in schools and arguing for a full and mandatory reopening of schools. Three days later, on 25th June, Boris Johnson confirmed that the goal of the Government was for schools to open fully in September and that schooling would be placed on a full-time, mandatory footing once more.
In July, thanks in part to YOUR many letters and emails, Anne Longfield the Children’s Commissioner, came out in favour of removing social distancing for younger children.
In July, our Wales and Scotland groups both successfully overturned in-progress blended learning plans and forced the devolved governments to make a full-time school commitment.
In July, following tireless campaigning from our groups in all four nations, we were able to meet with senior Government officials on both sides of the border to press home our concerns and aspirations.

“Children are our future. A society that learns to put them first will be brighter, better and fairer. We, as parents, must find our collective voice to make this happen."

Meet the Team
Co-Founder
Parent, Entrepreneur, Campaigner
Co-Founder
Parent, Health Economist, Kids Yoga Teacher
Co-Founder
Parent, Freelance Marketer
UsForThem Scotland co-ordinator
Parent, Businesswoman, Life juggler
Parent, Construction Lawyer, Tennis Coach
Retired Paediatrician, Grandparent, Amateur Singer
Parent, Campaigner
Website Administrator
Parent, Google Analyst, Campaigner
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