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Children and the Big Society

Family sat at bench smilingA 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 2011).

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 and abroad.

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 download: