Sadly, more children are at-risk in the UK than we will ever know. Thousands of cases of abuse go unreported every year, and children with disabilities or behavioural problems often do not get the help they need. Supporting charities that help these at-risk and disadvantaged children is an urgent and worthwhile cause, as the work these organisations do often has a drastic impact on children’s lives. Learn more about what The Children’s Society is doing to help reduce child poverty and how you can sell cds, dvds, and games with musicMagpie to support its work in the following article.
The Children’s Society is a Christian charity based in the UK. Its history dates all the way back to 1881, when Sunday School teacher Edward Rudolf was compelled to start a home to assist at-risk youth after discovering that two of his student were begging for food on the streets in order to help their mother make ends meet. In association with the Church of England, Rudolf successfully opened a children’s home in Dulwich, south London, in 1882.
Since that time, The Children’s Society has grown to include over 36 centres in England. The charity offers a range of children’s services, including programmes for adopted children, disabled children, refugees, children on the streets, and children affected by parental substance abuse. The organisation reports that it uses public donations to support five key focus areas: helping families living in destitution, protecting runaways from a life on the streets, influencing children who are in trouble with the law, and providing services to disabled children and refugees.
In addition to these programmes and services, The Children’s Society is dedicated to lobbying for laws that protect at-risk and disadvantaged children in the UK, and providing legal support to children in trouble with the law. The organisation conducts continual research about problems that trouble contemporary youth, and aims to develop and implement new programmes based on its findings. For example, last year The Children’s Society completed a successful campaign in partnership with the Bail for Immigration Detainees called OutCry!, which ended the detention of child immigrants in the UK.
Annuals reports from The Children’s Society provide some insight about its influence and its finances. In its 2010-2011 annual report, The Children’s Society states that it assisted a total of 48,500 children. The reports show that the organisation spent 68% of its annual income directly on childcare and protection, while another 12% of the funds went toward campaigning and influencing children.
Looking forward, The Children’s Society will put a priority on increasing the number of runaways and disabled children using its services, and building awareness with local authorities and policymakers to do their part in protecting these children. By 2013, the organisation hopes to extend its reach to assist 52,000 children each year. Of course, the organisation’s efforts would not be possible without your support; you can make a monetary donation, volunteer, or donate to charity with musicMagpie by selling back your old games and CDs to help children in your local community.
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