We campaigned to get HMS Bulwark deployed
The refugee crisis shocked us all. In a single week more than one thousand people drowned in the Mediterranean Sea as they attempted to make a life-changing journey to safety.
In the run up to the UK’s General Election in May 2015, more than 20,000 Save the Children supporters signed our petition asking for properly resourced search-and-rescue efforts to be restarted in the Mediterranean.
Our combined voices forced the UK government to listen and, as a result, they deployed the HMS Bulwark. In three months its crew saved more than 4,000 lives.
To thank the committed and brave people on the HMS Bulwark, more than 3,000 of you sent messages of thanks. We presented your messages to the crew on their arrival back to the UK.
A better deal for child refugees in Europe
Crucially, they extended the cut-off date for children eligible for transfer under the Dubs amendment – a scheme that gives sanctuary in the UK to unaccompanied child refugees stranded in Europe. This is something we had long been calling for.
The UK has so far transferred around 200 children under the scheme, but progress in filling the remaining spaces stalled. This is because children were only eligible for this scheme if they arrived before March 2016 – yet the majority of lone children without a home arrived after this date. This meant that hundreds of children who would be better off in the UK were prevented from travelling here.
But this all changed in January
In no doubt due to tireless campaigning by supporters, Members of Parliament, Save the Children and other organisations that work with vulnerable child refugees, the Government announced that they will extend the cut-off date to 18 January 2018.
Our combined voices made the government listen and will ensure many, many more lone children stranded in appalling conditions can reach the safety of the UK.
You helped us tackle poverty with world-class childcare
Every child deserves the best start in life. But right now, too many children don't have the support they need in their early years to do well at school and later in life. In fact, they’re falling behind before they even get to school.
We’re working across Britain to change this.
The poorest children in England start school an average of 15 months behind their better off peers in key skills like language. It’s proven that high quality childcare, delivered by caring and skilled staff, makes a huge difference to children's life chances.
Thanks to you, we’ve made great progress in making sure that every child in England gets the best start in life.
In February 2017, the government publised their strategy for the early years workforce which showed a clear commitment to boosting the number of Early Years Teachers! This is a big win for the campaign as this strategy could be life-changing for the 35,000 children in disadvantaged areas who have no access to a graduate teacher.
Without the support of thousands of Save the Children supporters, this change for children may not have happened. Thank you for everything you’ve done to raise the importance of giving our little ones a great start in life.