Address the nation’s children

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We're calling on the UK Government to speak directly to children and young people in a special broadcast about the impacts of coronavirus on us, our loved ones and our futures

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To our Government,

As young people, our lives have been turned upside down by coronavirus.

This pandemic has closed our schools, cancelled our exams, shut down our play spaces and separated us from our friends and family. In the blink of an eye, the world we knew has disappeared.

We’re worried about what this crisis means for our future.

With so much uncertainty, we’re asking you, our Government, to speak directly to young people across the UK in a special age-appropriate broadcast.

We know that the Government is working hard to protect us and help us all recover from this crisis but it’s important that children and young people’s voices aren’t overlooked. It's our right to be included in decisions that affect us and our futures, like our education. 

Please follow the example of other world leaders and address our nation's children.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. We hope you're inspired to act!

Yours faithfully,

Eddie (15), Niamh (17), Magali (16), Isabelle (19), Michael (18), Saema (18), Ciaran (18) and Maham (17)

Unicef UK’s Youth Advisory Board, representing children and young people across the UK