Our mission

little girl smiling outside in the parkThe Children's Society wants to create a world where all children and young people are respected, valued and heard. We believe that childhood should be happy and that young people deserve to reach their full potential.

That's why we work hard to transform the lives of thousands of children and young people in England each year.

Our priority is children who have nowhere else to turn. We protect young runaways from the dangers of life on the street. We give disabled children a voice and more control over their lives. Our work helps young refugees start afresh in new communities, and gives young carers time and energy to enjoy their childhood.

With over 77 programmes and children's centres throughout England, we offer care, respite, legal support and mentoring schemes that help turn lives around.

Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions at all levels so young people have a better chance in life.

Our approach is driven by the Christian values that inspired the charity's founders in 1881, and by the voices of children and young people who are at the heart of all we do. We want to build a better childhood for every child.

The following film features children between the ages of four and 14 from a range of backgrounds talking about their experiences of childhood in Britain today.