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.



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.


The Next Chapter: Young parents and parenthood

We want to ensure that parents aged 25 and under can access the support they need and the opportunities they deserve.

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Fair Deal: money skills

You can help disadvantaged young people get the help they need, when they most need it.


Children in care & care leavers

We need a care system that promotes recovery from harm and promotes wellbeing.

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