Posted: 02 October 2014

Read our new Impact Report

The Children's Society exists to make a positive, significant impact on the lives of this country's most disadvantage children.

At our core is our determination to be brave, ambitious, trusted and supportive with, and for, the children we represent.

And as organisation we are clear about how crucial it is that we have clear evidence about exactly how we are changing the stories of children up and down the country. That is exactly why, today, we are launching our first ever Impact Report, highlighting what we have achieved over the past year through our campaigning, commitment and care.

So what does the report reveal?

How are we fulfilling our mission of supporting disadvantaged children to have better lives?

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Impact Report

Read more about our work in our Impact Report 2013/14.

Through our direct work we reached over 23,149 children across our 98 services and children’s centres, working with 14,775, nearly two-thirds, of those young people on an intensive basis.

We saw a growth in our income, allowing us to invest 4% more than last year in our direct services to support and protect disadvantaged children. Churches last year held more than 5000 Christingle events – the largest number in four years – raising just over £1.2 million.

We have also been stepping up our broader influence through growing our ambitious programme of campaigning to champion change for millions more children.

More than 40 local authorities have signed up to our Runaways' Charter. Thanks to our lobbying, all councils must now offer children who go missing a return interview with professionals when they are back at home.

160,000 more children in poverty get free school meals

As schools across the country returned for a new academic year, 160,000 more children living in poverty started getting a free, nutritious free school meal – a direct result of intensive lobbying through our Fair and Square campaign.

We influenced new Government guidance protecting hundreds of young child trafficking victims. And following the publication of our landmark Hidden from View report and two decades of tireless campaigning, this year saw an historic change in the law to support hundreds of thousands of young carers.

We continued to make headlines with stories of our work, seeing the amount of media increase by 36% from last year.

In all of our work we put children right at the centre, and this year we launched our ground-breaking Children’s Commission on Poverty to investigate and expose the real impact that children’s poverty has on children’s lives. In August we launched our annual Good Childhood Report into children’s well-being, the most extensive national research programme into children’s subjective well-being in the world.

The devastating impact that debt can have on children’s lives is the central theme of our Debt Trap campaign, which we launched in Parliament in May.

Our incredible volunteers

None of this would have been possible without our incredible network of 11,000 volunteers.

The Impact Report outlines our ongoing focus on having an even greater impact on children’s lives though tackling child poverty and neglect. This includes increasing the number of children and young people we work with intensively.

I have no doubt that The Children’s Society is in a strong position to continue its powerful programme of work to uncover realities, expose injustice and address hard truths to give every child the greatest possible chance in life.

By Matthew Reed - Leadership team
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Impact Report

Read more about our work in our Impact Report 2013/14.

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