For the health of our democratic society, all children and young people need opportunities to learn what it takes to be active citizens.
Young Citizens believes that the best way to nurture democratic society is by equipping citizens with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to be active, engaged and motivated in society.
We campaign on the importance of learning about citizenship. Every young person has a right to learn how to be an active citizen, in the same way that they have a right to other aspects of education.
Our goal is for a national consensus on the vital need for every young person to be able to learn and practice being active citizens. In this section, you will find information about our latest campaigning work and how you can get involved.
We also have a selection of key reference information regarding citizenship education and the campaigns to ensure all young people have the opportunities to learn about being active citizens.
Citizens are members of a state or a nation. Citizenship is the process of being such a member. It is how we make society work, together.Read more
In a press release on 27 November 2014, the Department for Education told all schools to promote 'British values' and produced advice for doing so through SMSC. Here we explain what that means for schools.Read more
Citizenship education is about enabling people to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and communities. And in many countries it's becoming increasing important.Read more
The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union is likely to lead to the most profound change to our system of politics and democracy in a generation.
Young Citizens is working to help empower young people to make their voice heard. And we're campaigning to get those in power to involve young people in the debate. Find out more...Read more
Educating young people about the legal system helps them understand the importance of law in safeguarding citizens' rights. It also means they can recognise when they have a legal problem, and deal with it. Young Citizens campaigns for every young person to have legal education as part of learning to be active citizens. Find out more...Read more
Citizenship as a subject in the national curriculum is withering on the vine. It's been starved of funding, support has been taken away, and increasing numbers of schools no longer teach it as a discrete subject. Young Citizens is campaigning for Citizenship to be restored as a subject in all schools - both primary and secondary. Find out more...Read more
We believe that every young person – no matter who they are, or what their background – has a right to the opportunities to learn and practice what it takes to be an active, engaged and motivated citizen. Learn more about the steps we think need to be taken...Read more
In July 2015 a duty was placed on schools to tackle radicalisation. In its guidance for school leaders, the Department for Education recommends citizenship classes as a place to do this. It also encourages schools to explore controversial issues in class.Read more
In an age of mass media and electronic communication, children and young people are regularly exposed to the conflicts and controversies of adult life. How can schools help prepare them?Read more
Here, we give teachers a little support for debating the topic in class with students. Do young people of this age know enough about politics yet? And if they could vote, can they be trusted to do it sensibly?Read more