Children and the Big Society
A groundbreaking report commissioned by
Action for Children and written by the think tank ResPublica on
Children and the Big Society has been released (21st June
Action for Children has a proud heritage of working within
community settings across the UK. For over 140 years we have worked
to build trusted relationships and locally based connections that
enable children and young people to grow in confidence, feel
safe and secure, and play a part in the local area around them.
Some call this the 'Big Society', and this report looks at what
the Government must do to ensure it's flagship agenda really means
something to the most deprived and neglected in children, young
people and families.
The report includes seven innovative examples of our community
based services, as well as those from other organisations at home
Recommendations and evidence
The report makes clear that more must be done by the Coalition
Government to ensure its proposals for community engagement and
volunteering can reach and benefit children and young people,
particularly those who face disadvantage and neglect.
The report is part of our wider work to influence the
Government, and following the formal launch event for the launch in
Westminster we will continue to work with Ministers and policy
officials to achieve real change in this area.
Two versions of the report are available to