About the Good Childhood Inquiry

Children playing dress upThe Good Childhood® Inquiry was the UK's first independent national inquiry into childhood.

Its aims were to renew society's understanding of modern childhood and to inform, improve and inspire all our relationships with children.

The Good Childhood Inquiry

The Good Childhood Inquiry aimed to renew society's understanding of childhood, and to inform, improve and inspire all our relationships with children.

Parliamentary work

We tell members of parliament (MPs) and peers what children and young people want and what they think about their lives.

Partnership working

The Children's Society works in partnership with other voluntary organisations and agencies to share experiences and maximise our impact.

Glow candles

Glow candles

This year we continue to work in partnership with The Glow Company UK Ltd to provide 4" glow sticks as an alternative to wax candles for your Christingles. 

Glow candles are available to buy 


Young people outside a churchJesus said that whoever welcomed a child in his name welcomed him and so we are committed to making a better childhood for every child.

We want your church to be involved too.

Fundraising tips

Little girlJust five minutes of your time can make a lifetime of difference to the children we work with. If you're keen to get fundraising immediately, why not consider one of these simple ideas?

Fatherhood report

Read our report that explores the links between young people's relationships with their fathers and their mothers, and their well-being and self-esteem.

Father with child


We believe fathers have a vital role to play in their children's lives.

We know from our practice, from our research, from our partners and from leading experts in the field that fathers matter greatly to our children and young people. Find out about our Fatherhood Commission and our report into the issue of fatherhood.

Mike's story

‘I first heard about The Children’s Society through my church – we always had a Christingle service there. Then, when I retired, we moved to Yorkshire to be closer to my wife’s family. I found I had a lot more free time on my hands, so when the vicar of our new church mentioned that he was looking for a Parish Coordinator I thought I’d give it a go.