Good Mental Health and a Chance to Thrive

Supporting Children in Care

There are more than 17,000 children in care in England with a diagnosable mental health disorder who were not receiving support. Find out more about how we work to improve the care system.

We’re working with the Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers to help children in care recover from trauma and neglect.

 

Loneliness

25% of the young people we work with have reported feeling lonely and a quarter of parents say they often or always feel lonely, particularly new and young parents. 

We’re working with the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission to tackle loneliness in children, young people and parents, with a dedicated spotlight month in November 2017.

 

Young Parents

There are nearly 450,000 parents in England aged 25 and under. Nearly 40% of young parents report that they are ‘just getting by’ financially or worse, compared to 26% of other young people. They are more likely to experience poor mental health and struggle to access the same education and employment opportunities as their peers. Our report The Next Chapter looks at what change is needed to provide better support.

 

Employment & Financial Inclusion

Youth unemployment remains high, with disadvantaged young people still facing barriers to entering the employment market and experiencing financial exclusion. Our report, Getting a Fair Deal looks at ways to combat this.

A Fair Deal for Young People in Wales

We persuaded the Welsh Government to develop new initiatives to increase the financial capability and resilience of vulnerable young people – delivered when young people need it, and by the people they trust most.

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