Annual Review 2011-12

Speaking up



A letter from the Director

In this very busy and challenging year it has been my privilege to meet a large number of children and young people whose lives have been transformed by Kidscape's work.

We have fought to maintain a high profile, and have continued to speak out for the thousands of beneficiaries we work with through our training programmes, helplines, online resources and media presence. The ongoing very difficult economic climate, the impact of the misuse of social networking sites, the continuing growth of cyber bullying as well as the grooming of young people by online predators are only some of the challenges that our services strive to combat.

At the heart of Kidscape's mission remains the determination to provide children, young people, and all those who work with them with a voice and an active listening ear. To this end our young people's confidential helpline, Youth2Youth continues to provide vital support for those who experience emotional difficulties, and who may feel that they have nowhere else to turn. We will strive to secure the funding to continue this vital listening service, which has now grown to include Skype. Our parents' anti-bullying helpline has continued to provide a lifeline to those whose children's lives are being compromised by the cruelty of others. Kidscape's listening ear and the consistently effective advice and support offered by our trained advisors brings light into tunnels of despair on a daily basis.

"Kidscape's consistently effective advice and support brings light into tunnels of despair on a daily basis."

Our Department for Education supported Bullying Intervention Training is being rolled out across England thanks to the hard work of dedicated trainers who will have equipped 30,000 young people with vital life skills by the end of March 2013. We were also delighted to secure funding from the 'Big Lottery' to run an innovative intervention, which aims to divert young people from antisocial behaviour and reduced life chances. Much hard work is taking place in preparation for the launch of this programme from which over 6,000 young people will benefit. We are buoyed up by the fact that through such work we are addressing the physical and emotional torment of bullying, helping individuals to fulfil their potential, leading to improved attainment, confidence, and a sense of community in schools and other settings.

During the past year Kidscape's voice has gained an increasing presence on the new media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, which has made us more accessible, has widened our appeal and has helped us to network, and to extend our campaigns to keep children safe.

Over the last 27 years Kidscape has sought to keep the safety of children at the heart of its work. We never fail to be inspired by the young people and families we support, and humbled by the impact that we are able to make on their lives. Knowing this drives us on to achieve our vision of a world free from bullying and abuse. What is certain is that we could not transform so many lives, and provide such a vital voice for children without the dedication and hard work of our wonderful Patrons, Ambassadors, Trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters. Our achievements in these difficult times are only possible because of their tireless commitment to Kidscape's mission. To all those who have helped us do so much this year, thank you from the bottom of my heart. If, when reading this review, you feel that you may be able to support our work, I would be delighted to talk to you further.

Thank you.

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