Posted: 24 October 2019

Five things your support helped us achieve in 2018/19

We’ve recently launched our latest Impact Report – our yearly look at how your support has helped the lives of children and young people .

Reflecting on what we’ve done is really important. It’s one of the ways that we listen to young people and it helps us improve our services.

And it’s also a great opportunity to say thank you. Because without the actions of our supporters - whether that’s supporting us on social media or donating to our work - we couldn’t achieve what we have.

Here are some of the standout successes you helped us achieve this year.

1. Supporting 9,872 young people through direct practice and youth engagement work

Focusing on tackling multiple disadvantage, we carried out intensive case work and provided the most marginalised groups of young people with guidance and advice.

2. Reaching 16,553 young people through preventative activities

Activities like our awareness-raising work in schools are key to preventing incidents of child sexual abuse and exploitation, criminal exploitation and modern day slavery.

3. Rolling out two national programmes

This year saw us launch CAPE: Children of Alcoholic Parents Engagement - a capacity-building programme for professionals who work with children affected by parental alcohol misuse.

We also developed the Disrupting Exploitation programme, works with children who are vulnerable to, or are victims of child criminal exploitation (CCE).

4. Delivering 621,000 positive impacts for young people through policy and campaigning work

Following our campaign, 30 councils have signed up to council tax exemption for care leavers – bringing the total number of councils adopting this policy to 101. We also established a new bursary of £1,000 for care leavers undertaking apprenticeships to improve their financial stability as they move into work.

After a five-year legal challenge, this year the Ministry of Justice conceded that all unaccompanied and separated children should be eligible for legal aid with their immigration cases. We estimate that at least 15,000 vulnerable young people will benefit from this very welcome change.

And this year also saw the Government fully commit to the breathing space we had long campaigned for through our Debt Trap campaign. As a result, hundreds of thousands of families will have better support to escape problem debt.

5. Developing nine new innovative prototypes and pilots

We're always trying to improve our work by adopting new technologies and approaches. Our latest initiatives include:

  • Using virtual reality in combination with traditional therapy to support young people to experience and grow their confidence in situations that trigger anxiety and low mood.
  • Creating safe spaces in Manchester, Birmingham and London to disrupt child criminal labour and sexual exploitation. 
  • Redefining the meaning of ‘practitioner’ by putting local people in the lead of systems change.

We’re incredibly proud of these achievements, which we couldn't achieve without our supporters. 

Donate and together we can continue improving young people's lives

By Lauren Cain
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