10 Aug 2016

Over 18,000 young people turned to The Children’s Society for help over the past year, according to the charity’s latest report on the impact on its work.

The Children’s Society’s impact report — The Difference We Made —  shows that the charity’s services across the country worked directly with 18,193 young people during 2015/2016, while its campaigning work has contributed to over 5.6 million positive changes to children’s lives — a 311% increase on the previous year.

The report reveals how the charity is helping vulnerable children and young people, including those affected by child sexual exploitation, mental and emotional health, going missing, or substance misuse, and those in care or leaving care. The report assessed children and young people directly helped by The Children’s Society over the past year and found that 73% had experienced a positive change in at least one key area of their life.

As struggling families continue to feel the punishing effects of austerity, the charity has also stepped up its campaigning and public policy work. Campaigns tackling issues including problem debt, the cost of school uniforms, fuel poverty and support for children in care have brought about significant national and local policy changes which have helped improve children’s lives.

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said: 'Many of our services are now working with young people who are experiencing some of the most complex problems we see in society.  These young people are so often overlooked and left behind, but this report shows that the right support can be life-changing.

'I would like to thank each and every one of our dedicated supporters – the thousands of people who we rely on to work with us by campaigning, fundraising and volunteering to help change children’s lives. Without them, we would not have been able to do all we have for young people.

'It is a real privilege to work with so many incredible children and young people. Their stories of resilience and tenacity continue to inspire all of us at The Children’s Society to do all that we can to make sure they are given the best opportunity for a brighter future.'

Media enquiries

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Notes to editor

  • For the interactive version of the impact report, The Difference We Made, see: http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/about-us/our-organisation/our-impact-report
  • The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.