Why we are here
Approximately 700,000 children in England rely on the support of social workers each year.
Approximately 700,000 children in England rely on the support of social workers each year. These children are affected by the challenges their parents experience — for example, poverty, domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental ill health – with some suffering from neglect or abuse as a result. Children growing up in these circumstances are more likely to struggle with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, and do significantly worse than their peers at all stages of education. They may also be more vulnerable to being drawn into child sexual exploitation, drug misuse, knife crime and county lines; all of which place them at significant risk. These children need and deserve the support of life-changing social work professionals who can empower them to achieve their full potential and help to break the cycle of trauma and disadvantage.
Putting children and families first