Posted: 10 August 2016

Launching our new Impact Report

At The Children’s Society we work towards a country where children are free from disadvantage.

We believe we can have the highest impact on the lives of children and young people by focussing our work on supporting the most vulnerable 10–18 year olds, a group of young people so often overlooked and left behind.

Our Impact

In this year’s impact report we have focussed the evaluation of our work on our five core thematic areas: young people affected by child sexual exploitation, mental and emotional health, going missing, substance misuse, and young people who are affected by issues related to being in care or transitioning out of care.

Many of our services are now working with young people who are experiencing some of the most complex problems we see in society; despite the challenges of this work I am encouraged that we are consistently delivering positive outcomes, which is good news for these young people and for wider society.

The case studies in this report show that our work changes lives, and it is these real life stories and successes that inspire my colleagues and I to want to do more.

Impact Report: 5.6 million positive changes

A fantastic year of campaigning

So often the issues faced by young people are exacerbated by wider issues in society, and so we also work with young people indirectly through our acclaimed public policy and campaigning work.

This year, our campaigns to tackle problem debt, to extend the Warm Home Discount, and to put statutory guidance in place for the cost of school uniforms have all helped change the lives of millions of young people. And for the first time this year, we campaigned locally, when our Handle with Care campaign successfully targeted local authorities in Greater Manchester to improve the support they give young people in the care system who get placed out of their local area.

Impact Report: 49,541 campaign actions taken

We couldn't have done it without you

We would not have been able to do all we have for young people without our dedicated supporters, the thousands of people who we rely on to work with us through our campaigning, fundraising, and volunteering to help change children’s lives.

I would like to thank each one of our supporters, along with our many funding and implementation partners across the country, for working so hard to be part of everything we have achieved for young people this year. I am very proud of you, our work and the organisation we are building together.

Finally, I’d like to thank the children and young people it is our privilege to work both with and for.

Their stories of resilience and tenacity continue to inspire me, and remind everyone at The Children’s Society how important it is that we do all that we can to ensure children and young people are given the opportunity for a brighter future.

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By Matthew Reed - Leadership team
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Our impact

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