Thank you for joining the Save Childhood Movement. We are a growing force of parents, teachers and Early Years specialists who want to help raise awareness about the pressures on modern childhood and to develop more human-focused and family friendly solutions. We are not externally funded and regular membership contributions are an essential element in making this happen!
What have we done so far?
We launched as a Not-for-Profit Company Limited by Guarantee in April 2013 and have, until now, been a totally voluntary organisation with minimal external funding. Since the launch people have donated thousands of hours of their time and expertise to help us grow.
In 2013 we achieved national coverage for the launch of the Too Much Too Soon Campaign
We quickly gained the support of a multidisciplinary Advisory Board (forty globally renowned experts)
In 2014 we established National Children’s Day UK (NCDUK) as a nationally significant annual event. We have been awarded two small National Lottery Grants to help develop the day and in 2016 we achieved a Facebook reach of 3.2 million and helped raise £540,000 for disadvantaged children.
We have developed a large number of successful collaborations and partnerships
We attracted the support of high profile ambassadors including the National Children’s Laureate and the Children’s Dramatist.
We published a number of highly regarded publications including the ‘Putting Children First’ Manifesto and the ‘Children’s Outdoor Charter of Rights’.
We led the strategic development of the highly successful English Early Years Coalition behind the Better without Baseline Campaign
We have just launched our new E-Zine SCM Voice
What are we planning for the future?
- We have spent a year bringing together sixty amazing speakers for the first International Festival of Childhood (IFC2017). We hope that this will be the first step in initiating a national debate about the current pressures on early childhood in the UK and how we can create a more child-friendly world.
- We want to further develop National Children's Day UK
- We are developing our membership site and want to find lots of ways that parents and teachers can actively get engaged in sharing ideas/running local actions groups and helping to shape solutions
- We want to help identify and promote political models that put the wellbeing of children and families first
- We need to consolidate our core team and ensure that we can grow the activities of the movement in a steady and sustainable way (that means some essential members of our team need to now be paid)
One of the things that we are currently exploring is how we can actively engage members in sharing their own visions for a 'World fit for Children'. We would therefore be grateful if you could tell us a little more about your own background so that we can better understand who is joining and how best we can connect everyone.