Our impact through the eyes of practitioners

How practitioners support young people and make an impact on a day-to-day basis.

Our Impact Report 2018 shows the positive changes we've made to the lives of children and young people across the UK.

Every day, our practitioners work with the most excluded and most vulnerable children and young people across the UK. Without them, we would not be able to impact as many young people's lives as we have over the past 137 years. Here's what our practitioners say about working with young people.  

Working with victims of trafficking

'As a therapist working with with trafficked boys and young men, it is great to see how young people can recover from the traumas they have been through.

It is inspiring to see how they find their inner strength and start to build their resilience.

It is a privilege for me to work with young people who have been through so much in their lives, and to be able to walk beside them in their journey to recovery.'

(Maaike, senior therapist for trafficking victims)

Working with victims of CSE

Working with refugees and asylum-seekers

‘I know I have made a difference to a young person’s life when I see them smiling and growing in confidence, and when they trust me with information they aren’t able to speak to their own families about.

Working with young people from asylum and refugee backgrounds is a huge balancing act of not creating dependency, but supporting integration so they are left with something when our service comes to an end.

The best part of my job is seeing young people blossom from being quiet and introvert to finding their voice. Seeing them try new things and having a laugh with each other and forming friendships through our group work'.

(Julie, Project Worker, Youth Fast Forward)

Practitioners' Voices

Listen to Holly

'The best part of my job is the young people themselves. They increase my knowledge of the world, they make me laugh a great deal and they improve my resilience because I see them as a real inspiring bunch of people who have so much to offer.

(Holly, Refugee and Migrant practitioner, My Place)

Listen to Sarah

'My favourite thing about working for The Children's Society is seeing the young people that I've worked with at the end of a piece of work, recognising that it's made an impact on them and feeling more positive and happy from the work you've done with them and just seeing them in a much better place'.

(Sarah, Systems Changers Programme Coordinator)

'You can see the relief in their faces when they feel safer in their own world, and with you as a therapist in the room.'

Read about our support in numbers in our Impact Report 2018.

Read our IMPACT Report