Jim Davis

Head of Community Participation

Jim Davis © The Children's SocietyChurch and Community Partnership Team

Jim started his involvement with The Children’s Society as a young volunteer in a pioneering Children’s Society community project in Bath. In 1981 he was employed as a youth worker in that project and has worked continuously for The Children’s Society ever since. Over the last 3 decades he has developed and managed a variety of innovative projects including work with New Age Travellers, on child poverty in rural areas and children’s participation.

Jim was a panel member of the Good Childhood Inquiry, the first national inquiry into childhood in Britain in the 21st century. Jim has been chair of the Coalition for Rural Children and Young people and of the Youth and European Social Work Forum. Jim now manages a small national team who assess the subjective wellbeing of children and promote improvements through local action. 

Areas of expertise

  • Child poverty especially rural poverty
  • Children and young people’s participation
  • The Good Childhood Inquiry
  • Children’s subjective well being

Recent speaking engagements

  • Brussels, European Church network conference on youth unemployment
  • Diocesan Children’s Work Advisors national conference
  • Hampshire safeguarding board conference on young people at risk