What do we do - The Children's Society

The most disadvantaged children rarely suffer on just one front. The Children’s Society works directly with these children, many of whom have nowhere else to turn. We are committed to fighting childhood poverty, harm and neglect.

Our network of programmes includes drop-in services for runaways, as well as children’s centres and support for young carers. We support children who are refugees from violence, and give those in care a voice. 

We are passionate about our work. Thanks to a wealth of experience built up over the last 130 years, we have extensive expertise and local knowledge. We’ll work with you in a transparent and flexible way to develop innovative solutions that will maximise the impact of your funding. 

Over 40 local authorities have chosen us to help deliver their services. Our work ranges from prevention through to intensive, targeted support. We:

  • bring the right mix of skills and flexibility to help teams achieve impressive outcomes, even in the most difficult cases
  • work in partnership with social enterprise agencies, local authorities and other third sector parties
  • deliver across all the tiers of need to create breakthroughs for those children and their families who already need multi-agency support.

As well as transforming children’s lives directly, we lobby government and local authorities to change policy and practice to protect them, and we challenge the negative attitudes that perpetuate harm and injustice.

What we do - Include Programme

The Children’s Society’s Include Programme offers information, training and support to both statutory and voluntary sectors working to support children and young people who care for parents or siblings who suffer from chronic illness or disability. We campaign for change and promote best practice with central and local government and work in partnership with social workers, teachers and health care professionals to deliver solutions that consider the needs of the whole family.
The aim of the Include Programme is to develop a National Focus for young carers, their families and those who work to support them and to promote common standards and to work towards realisation of equitable services, all of our work is informed by  consultation with young carers and their families and those who work to support them.
This is achieved through several complimentary strands of work:

Leading on from our Prevention through Partnership Programme, the Department for Education funded Making a step change, a further two year piece of work, which is focused on helping local authorities develop a whole family support for families, specifically focusing on The Children and Families Act and The Care Act, also using Working Together To Support Young Carers - A Model Local Memorandum of Understanding between Statutory Directors for Children’s Services and Adult Social Services and Recognised, Valued and Supported: Next Steps for the Carers Strategy 2010.

Young Carers in Focus is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and is being delivered by The Children's Society, in partnership with DigitalME, YMCA Fairthorne Group, Rethink Mental Illness and The Fatherhood Institute. It aims to develop an England-wide network of Young Carers Champions who can raise of the needs of young carers and their families locally and nationally, inputting into consultation and working to increase joined up whole family working for young carers and their families. This programme is also developing a safe social network for young carers across England through the Makewaves site www.makewav.es/ycif

Some of our past work has included the national family inclusion project‌ which incorporated:

The Refugee Toolkit‌, by The Children’s Society Family Health Inclusion Project funded by the Department of Health. This is an online tool for all adult and children’s services practitioners, education, health and other agencies in contact with refugee and asylum seeking families, particularly those working with families affected by ill-health and disability and where there are young carers. The Department of Health Opportunities for Volunteers fund is now enabling us to deliver training to volunteers using the Refugee Toolkit.

The Engage Toolkit supports black and minority ethnic young carers and family carers – including adults and children’s services, Health, Education and the voluntary sector – and anyone providing services to families affected by ill health and disability.

Funded by the Department of Health, this brings together information and resources and links to help develop and implement best policy and practice for services to support black and minority ethnic young carers and family carers

Change for Families Affected by HIV: Supporting young carers in families affected by HIV. This toolkit has been funded by the Elton John Aids Foundation and provides information, resources and good practice guidance about supporting young carers affected by HIV.