Charter for Children

A Call for Change for the next generation


Children’s lives are significantly better than when Thomas Coram set up this charity in 1739. However, after decades of progress, it is clear that, on a range of metrics, life is no longer getting better for all our children and young people.

Too many young lives are blighted by poverty and, every day, there are children and young people not getting the love, security, education and opportunity they need to thrive. 2.3 million children are still living with risk*.

The pandemic and cost of living crisis have worsened existing trends and we need to turn the tide. The Institute of Fiscal Studies** has reported the reduction in real value in the areas of public expenditure on which children depend over the last 20 years.

It is time for change – for our society to act as the parent it needs to be and ensure a just settlement for all generations. Together we can create better chances for children, now and forever.

Coram presents the Charter for Children as a route map for the coming decade and beyond, calling for a realignment of the social contract between society and children backed by three key principles – a fair share, a secure future and an equal chance.

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"The true character of a society is revealed in the way it treats its children."
Nelson Mandela

Better chances for children

Download a copy of our Call for Change or see our policy costings, authored by Howard Reed of Landman Economics, below.

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* Vulnerability Index, OCC