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Children First is a campaign to encourage Government to put children at the heart of all decision-making. Despite increased awareness of rising mental health issues, the dominance of social media and the obesity crisis, there is still no dedicated person with authority to represent children in our Government. Children aged 0-5 do not have a voice in Parliament; they simply do not exist.

Our children are at risk of becoming the least healthy adult population in living memory. 21st Century childhood comes with numerous impacts to a healthy lifestyle, such as decreasing levels of physical activity due to the influence of screen time.

In order to achieve a positive change, it’s important that the Government is seen to openly recognise the fact that improving the current experience of childhood for every child is not a luxury but a necessity. Fire-fighting individual issues is not enough; we need a holistic approach that considers the complex, various issues as a whole.

For more information, please visit the Children First Website

A public petition has also been launched. If you want to make a difference to the lives of our children, please sign the petition by clicking on the link below and show your support

Petition: We need a senior Cabinet Minister with special responsibility for children and young people

The campaign was launched on 16th January 2019 at the House of Commons at an event hosted by Lucy Powell MP and key guest speakers including:

  • Steve Franks, Lead spokesperson for Children First and CEO of Water Babies
  • The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE
  • CEO of the Royal Society for Public Health, Shirley Cramer
  • Peter Andre, Singer, Songwriter, Television Personality and Businessman


Sue also attended to show here support for this important campaign