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About Unicef UK
Unicef UK is a registered charity that raises funds for the emergency and development work of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) around the world. Unicef UK also runs domestic programmes, working with schools, hospitals and local authorities to support child health and well-being in the UK. Founded in 1956, Unicef UK is headquartered in London, and has more than 250 employees and 200 volunteers.
Unicef provides nutrition, water, sanitation and protection for children caught in emergencies. It has permanent offices in more than 190 countries around the world and coordinates relief when emergencies like earthquakes, flooding or violent conflict, strike. Unicef provides emergency aid supplies such as water containers and nutrition supplements. It also supplies vaccines for one in three of the world’s children. Beyond life-saving supplies, Unicef also offers safety and learning opportunities for children through protected child-friendly spaces and schools.
Unicef doesn’t receive any funding from the UN budget and Unicef UK’s prime task is to raise money from the public to support Unicef’s work. Unicef UK is also funded by charitable trusts and foundations, government departments and corporate partners.
Unicef UK has its own projects and works with schools, hospitals and local authorities in the UK to promote the rights of children and young people. The Rights Respecting Schools Award aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK. The award recognises a school’s achievement in supporting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child both within the school and beyond.
The Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative was launched in 1994 and is designed to support breastfeeding and parent-infant relationships by working with public services to improve standards of care. The charity supports best practice by NHS trusts, other health care facilities and higher education institutions and recognises those that have achieved the required standard through an accreditation process.
Unicef UK is also working with a small number of local authorities, such as Derry & Strabane, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle and Tower Hamlets, to transform services for the most vulnerable children through a child rights based approach. The Child Rights Partners programme was launched as a three year pilot in November 2013 and focuses on children in care or leaving care and services for young people with drug and alcohol problems.
Unicef UK says it is committed to a positive and friendly work environment and sound work-life balance. It offers a range of employee benefits.
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