1970 to 1990

In the last quarter of the twentieth century the Children’s Society changed its focus towards helping young people solve their own problems.

1881 to 1970

Edward Rudolf, our founder, envisioned a charity that gave poor, homeless children a loving and secure family environment.

Edward Rudolf

Edward Rudolf founded The Children's Society in 1881.

Participation

Participation means creating and promoting positive opportunities for children of all ages and abilities to get actively involved in all areas of our work.

Advocacy services

We ensure that children in care or in the child protection system have a say in important decisions that are made about their lives.

Children affected by adult substance misuse

We are leading the way in developing programmes to identify and support children living in families where parents are affected by drugs or alcohol misuse.

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children

We support children from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families, as well as refugee and new migrant families.

Young carers

We support the more than 166,000 young carers across the country.

Our finances

We work hard to ensure the money we receive is used efficiently and effectively to support our programmes of work and to improve children's lives.

Young refugees

War, persecution and torture force many children to flee to this country by themselves.