Youth justice

Teenage boyChildhood is a time for experimentation, testing boundaries and making mistakes, but also of learning from those mistakes.

While we in no way condone criminal behaviour, The Children's Society believes that it is neither appropriate nor effective to respond to a child with the full weight of the criminal law.

Young runaways

Runaway girlEach year over 100,000 children under 16 will run away overnight, from home or from care.

Young refugees

Young refugee boyEvery year, thousands of children arrive in the UK seeking asylum: 3,000 of them unaccompanied. Often traumatised, they may have fled persecution, violence or torture, and will likely have experienced serious disturbance in their lives. The disadvantages they face on arrival are numerous.

Sexual exploitation

Young girlChildren and young people are sexually exploited when they receive something (such as food, accommodation or drugs) as a result of performing sexual acts, or of having sexual acts performed on them.

Children affected by parental substance misuse

The impact of harmful drinking on British society is often defined in terms of anti-social behaviour, young people’s alcohol use and the cost to the health service. The hidden, serious consequence less talked about, however, is the effect of a parent’s alcohol or drug misuse on children. There are also very strong links between parental substance misuse, child protection plans, care proceedings and adoption, as well as being cared for by extended family.

Our privacy policy

How do we collect information?

We will obtain personal information from you when you enquire about our activities, register with us, send or receive an e-postcard, make a donation to us or otherwise provide us with personal information. We may also receive information about you from third parties, for example from a friend who wants to tell you about the website.

Privacy policy

At The Children's Society we are committed to protecting your privacy and have produced a privacy policy in response to the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.

If you have any queries about our privacy policy please contact our Data Protection Supervisor at the Legal Services Department, The Children's Society, PO Box 123, London, WC2A 3PX.

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We strive to ensure that every child has a good childhood

Our Policy Team learn from our national practice base to find solutions to the problems children are facing today.

Our celebrity supporters

We are lucky to have the support of luminaries who give voice and visibility to our work.