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The British Red Cross speaks out and campaigns on behalf of people in crisis.

Advocacy helps us raise awareness of the conditions facing people who are affected by conflict and disaster. We work with politicians, policy-makers and the public to improve the humanitarian situation of vulnerable people, families and communities in the UK and around the world.

We advocate based on direct experience, and empower vulnerable people to speak out themselves about matters that affect them.

For more information about our advocacy work, email

Health and social care

Snakebite victim Laura Brasher and a Red Cross volunteer

We want to see more people being able to access preventative services, and fewer people reaching crisis point.

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Christiane and her little boy at Portsmouth refugee centre

We want to see a fair, effective, and efficient asylum system that treats people with respect and dignity.

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First aid education

We want first aid education to be integrated into everyday life, from schools and driving tests to public health strategies.

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Advocacy across the UK

Two people standing on a bus

We call on decision-makers in the devolved nations to take action so all parts of the UK are better prepared for crisis.

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Advocacy news

A group of young refugees have written a letter appealing for safer routes for children fleeing conflict.

The Red Cross is concerned for the welfare of thousands of unaccompanied children across Europe following a decision by the UK Government to close a viable route to safety.

Thousands of refugees and asylum seekers are being left destitute in the UK without the support they are entitled to from government.

Advocacy blog posts