5 Jul 2013

Archbishop of CanterburyThe Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has become President of The Children’s Society.

He joins the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, as a President of the leading children’s charity.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and The Children’s Society share a common vision of the need for every child in society to flourish - and the pivotal role the church has to play in this.

Supporting vulnerable children is 'invaluable work'

The Archbishop’s presidency will help to continue the already close and historic relationship between the Church of England and The Children’s Society to support some of this country’s most vulnerable children, including those living in poverty or suffering neglect.

The Archbishop of Canterbury said: 'I am honoured to have been invited to be President of The Children’s Society. Its work to protect and support some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our communities is invaluable and I am delighted that the long-established partnership between The Children’s Society and the Church of England continues to flourish and to bring such blessings across the country.

'I look forward to working with The Children’s Society to encourage and assist its ministry to children and young people in need.'

The Children’s Society Chief Executive Matthew Reed said: 'We are delighted to welcome the Archbishop of Canterbury as President of The Children’s Society. We have no doubt that his support and guidance will add significant weight to our work with disadvantaged children and their families across the country. Our work with the church is critical to our future strategy.'

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Notes to editors

All archbishops are invited to become a president of The Children's Society.

The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.