The 70/30 Campaign

What is the 70/30 campaign?

We are a UK- and Ireland- wide network of individuals, organisations and elected representatives working together to reduce child abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) by at least 70% by the year 2030. We call this goal the 70/30 Campaign.

This ambitious, but feasible, goal is necessary because at least 50% of children in the UK will suffer multiple ACEs during their childhood.  Click to see our campaign priorities.

The 70/30 Campaign was created in 2009 after we received guidance from our partners and expert advisers who agreed that a 70% reduction to the then reported levels of child maltreatment was achievable by 2030 if the right policies and actions are taken by decision-makers and those holding the purse strings.

This campaign is also supported by many individuals who have lived experience of early life trauma and its impact - and their powerful insight into how things could change.

Become an ambassador today so together we can make this vision a reality.

Why do we need Ambassadors? 

Becoming an Ambassador is not merely about signing a petition or just expressing your own personal support for 70/30, that's the easy part.  By becoming an Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to join a network of individuals who are working to deliver systematic change within their own communities through building relationships with their elected representatives. 

We recognise that working with your local MP, MSP, MLA, MS or Councillor to bring about this change may sound daunting, particularly if you have no previous experience, and that is why we offer a comprehensive training program and ongoing support as part of the role.

All we ask is that you have a passion to protect children and that you have a willingness to give up a little bit of your time.   You could literally change the world if you do!

 "I do not view 70/30 as either wishful thinking or an unachievable goal. On the contrary, reducing child maltreatment by 70% [by 2030] is the minimum acceptable outcome in responding to this unacceptable, and profoundly costly, harm to our youngest children."

(Professor Sir Harry Burns, former Chief Medical Officer, Scotland)

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The 2015 Building Great Britons document produced for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (Conception to age 2 – the first 1001 days) set out nine recommendations that would lay the groundwork for progressing the 70/30 aims. WAVE was heavily involved in the production of this report and its recommendations are essentially the roadmap for delivering 70/30.