We share the vision and commitment to create a society where all children and young people are valued, protected and listened to, their rights are realised and their families are supported.

We believe that the reliance on price-driven competition in children’s service commissioning is eroding, rather than building, our collective capacity and sense of common cause in achieving this vision.

We declare our mutual respect for the importance of public service, charitable mission, professionalism and voluntary action in a more creative and collaborative future for children’s services.

Led by Children England and the TUC, we are seeking to build a new relationship between the public and voluntary sectors, based on their shared public service ethos and skilled workforces. Together we have produced a Declaration of Interdependence which sets out our vision for the future.

Download the full Declaration of Interdependence

Read a blog post by our chief executive, Kathy Evans, explaining the motivation behind the Declaration.

The following organisations have signed up in support of the Declaration:

  • Action for Children
  • Adfam
  • Advice UK
  • Barnardo’s
  • Bechange
  • Become 
  • Bromley Y
  • Care Leavers Foundation
  • Cheshire Young Carers
  • Chester Voluntary Action
  • Childhood First
  • Children England
  • Children’s Links
  • Civil Exchange
  • Compact Voice
  • Community Voluntary Action Tameside
  • Coram Voice
  • Deafness Support Network
  • Every Child Leaving Care Matters
  • Family Action
  • Family and Childcare Trust
  • Family Rights Group
  • Foundation
  • Frontier Youth Trust
  • Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation
  • National Children’s Bureau
  • Neston Community and Youth Centre
  • NCIA
  • Norwood
  • NYAS
  • Preferred Futures Family Services
  • Reading Matters
  • Safety Net
  • Salford Community & Voluntary Services
  • Save the Family
  • Shaftesbury Young People
  • St Michael’s Fellowship
  • TACT
  • Together Trust
  • TUC
  • Unite
  • Voluntary Sector North West
  • We Own It
  • West Mercia Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre
  • Women in Prison
  • Women’s Resource Centre
  • Woodcraft Folk
  • Working with Men
  • Youth Access