Girls influencing policy
We take girls' voices to decision-makers and government to make change happen in the areas of their lives that matter to them
How we give girls a platform to influence policy
We want to make sure girls are heard on the decisions that will affect their lives. We work with our young members to make their views known by people in power in lots of different insitutitions and organisations.
We contribute to consultations
We make sure the voices of girls and young women inform policy development and change across a range of issues. To do this, we respond to consultations and calls for evidence from government departments, parliament, non-governmental organisations, regulators and other charities.
To make sure that decision makers hear what matters to girls, we tell them what girls have told us through their testimonies and our annual Girls' Attitudes Survey of over 1,500 girls and young women from across the country.
We go to party conferences
Every year, girls and young women from Girlguiding attend the political party conferences to talk to politicians about the things that matter to them most. They tell them about key issues for young people and what change they want to see to make the lives of girls better.
At annual party conferences, MPs, local councillors, MEPs and members from each political party come together to debate and vote on a range of issues. Other organisations, activists and the media also come along to discuss the things they care about or want to know about. And our Advocates attend too. These events are an important opportunity to influence policy by engaging with decision makers and opinion informers about the issues that matter most to young women and together find ways to address them.
I feel like I know so much more about politics and am far more interested in it… we were definitely able to engage with MPs. It was also lovely to talk with the people there as it made me feel as if we were actually achieving something. - Advocate Ellie, 17
We work with partners and attend forums
As the representative of over 400,000 young members, Girlguiding takes responsibility for ensuring the voice of girls and young women is reflected across policy. We're members of several policy forums and regularly attend meetings and work with partners to advocate on behalf of girls and young women.
- Sex Education Forum - together we are working towards quality sex and relationships education (SRE) that is underpinned by evidence, a rights-based approach and the needs of children and young people as they express them.
- Children and Young Peoples' Mental Health Coalition - we are part of this coalition of leading organisations from across England along with supporters who are passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
- British Youth Council – we are one of more than 230 member organisations who share a common vision for young people. The British Youth Council supports young people to get involved in their communities and in democracy at a local, national and international level.
- Sport and Recreation Alliance - we work with the umbrella body for sport and recreation in the UK.
- Be Real - the Campaign for Body Confidence – we are part of this campaign to change attitudes to body image and help all of us put health above appearance and be confident in our bodies.
- Fair Education Alliance - we’re part of this coalition of education organisations, charities and businesses who are working to tackle educational inequality and build a fairer education for all. By supporting young people’s character, emotional well-being and mental health, we hope to build high aspirations and challenge the barriers girls and young women face.
Ellie, 17, Advocate
Going to the party conferences was the best thing I've done with Advocate for sure. I feel so lucky to have been. They really have helped me hugely in understanding how we can realistically achieve things and what we're actually trying to do