Posted: 02 December 2016

Marnie's Story

Each week we are sharing the story of a young person we’ve supported because we want you to know the change your support achieves for children.

When Marnie was 16 she was struggling to make friends and was falling behind with her school work. Her mental health was suffering, her confidence was low and she felt lonely, so she turned to the internet. She talked to older men online which made her feel ‘accepted’.

Worried by her behaviour, a teacher referred Marnie to The Children's Society. Through one-to-one sessions and group work, Marnie’s project worker educated her about sexual exploitation and grooming, and slowly Marnie’s self-confidence improved. Now, Marnie no longer uses social media and is doing much better at her work. In the future she wants to travel overseas to help others.

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Across the 18,164 young people we worked with, 73% experienced positive changes in their safety, relationships and mental health. Thank you for making this possible.

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