Our cookie policy

How we use cookies

Like most web sites, The Children’s Society uses cookies.

A cookie is a small file that we put on your computer to help us provide you with a good online experience. It's the standard way of distinguishing you from other users of the site, and learning how we can make improvements.

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

A cookie is stored on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

We use the following cookies: 

  • Strictly necessary cookies These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
  • Analytical/performance cookies They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Name Purpose More information
The Children's Society en_sessionid This is a temporary cookie used when completing a webform AddThis privacy notice
DoubleClick 1p_jar, anid, apisid, consent, dsid, hsid, ide, nid, ogpc, sapisid, sid, sidcc, ssid DoubleClick Floodlight is a system used to track and report conversions that originate from ads. Find out more
Facebook fr, /tr   Facebook cookie policy
Google _ga, _gat, _gid, nid, _dc_gtm_UA-16589369-1 Collects general analytics data about your visit like what pages you visited, for how long, as well as details on your location, device and other data, where available.  
Optimizely optimizelyBuckets, optimizelyEndUserID, optimizelySegments Optimizely is a website analytics tool we use to trial different versions of website pages to our visitors, to see which page people prefer. We use this information to understand how our supporters are using our website so that we can improve their experience. Optimizely privacy policy
Our online shop, shop.childrenssociety.org.uk form_key, mage-cache-sessid, mage-cache-storage, mage-cache-storage-section-invalidation, mage-messages, mage-translation-file-version, mage-translation-storage, section_data_ids, store We use these cookies to make your online shopping experience as smooth as possible. Most cookies are for your current visit; the store cookie saves your user preferences for one year.  
TV squared tvq_push TV squared uses this cookie to view your IP address and sessional information, such as your user data and advertising ID and how they relate to TV spot data .  
Twitter personalization_id Twitter uses this cookie to display our Twitter feed on our website. Twitter's privacy policy
Vimeo vuid This cookie is used when you view videos hosted by Vimeo and sends analytics data (such as, which video you watched and for how long) to that platform.  
YouTube pref, ysc, visitor_info1_live We use a number of external web services on our websites, mostly to display content within our web pages. To display videos we use YouTube and Vimeo, embedding the content into our webpages.  
The site identifies whether a browser has javascript enabled has_js, PHPSESSID Stores 1 or 0 depending on if the user has JavaScript enabled in their browser. Expires when the browser is closed.  
Amazon  ad-id This cookie is used for us to utilise Amazon’s Advertising Platform, to ensure we deliver you relevant ads both on Amazon’s own website and the wider internet. The pixel also allows us to measure the effectiveness of our Amazon ads.  

These are all standard uses of cookies, and we do not feel that they record any more information than they need to. However, if you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit AboutCookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.

If you've got any general questions about the way we use cookies, don't hesitate to contact our Supporter Care team at supportercare@childrenssociety.org.uk.