We are a volunteer organisation of people who care about children. 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 first would be brighter and fairer. We speak for children because often children cannot speak for themselves.
We launched in May 2020 in response to the first wave of closures of schools across the UK; a decision which had, and sadly continues to have, a devastating impact on children. Reopening schools remains our primary campaign.
On the day we set up, there were three of us. There are now tens of thousands of others. We span generations and come from different walks of life. We live all over the UK. Some are parents, some aren’t, but we share a common desire to see children put first.
We believe children should be in school and support evidence-based, proportionate COVID-19 protective measures to ensure schools remain open. To that end, we support the vast majority of the precautionary hygiene measures which have been proposed by DfE and adopted for schools.
Article 3 of The UN Convention of the Child states “In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.”
With this in mind, where any non-pharmaceutical intervention that affects children is introduced in response to Covid-19, UsforThem ask that the Government makes clear its assessment of the harm of such measure. The same applies in relation to school closures where we ask Government to make clear the assessments it has conducted on the impact of health and welfare of children of ongoing school closures and related interventions – such as remote learning – adopted to mitigate closures.
Liz Cole, Molly Kingsley
Rachel Maile, Arabella Skinner, Ros Jones, Marta Kotlarek
We speak for children of the United Kingdom regardless of birthplace or socio-educational circumstances. We speak for children in state school as well as those in private school.
We speak for them because unlike many other groups, children don’t vote or have unions. We speak for them because we are hardwired to protect them, and because we love them.
We are people who care about children.
Grandparents, teachers, carers, guardians. Lawyers, academics and professionals spanning distance, geography, and fields. Some of us are parents, some aren’t, but what we have in common is that we want to put children first.
We hope the very fact that you are reading this means you are thinking of joining us. There are many ways you can get involved, but the main thing is that for our voice to be heard we need to grow.
Please sign up HERE.