Children England provides a wide range of support to voluntary and community sector organisations working with children, young people and families.
“Grants are more than just a sum of money to the charities and community groups that rely on them. They’re the lifeblood of thousands of local initiatives that families thrive on.”
Children England welcomes the Committee’s recognition that failures at Kids Company were the product of idiosyncratic personal relationships and a lack of leadership, and that the majority of children’s charities are well-managed organisations delivering valuable work.
The Open To All campaign we launched with NCB this month isn’t just about ditching the degree requirement. It’s about making sense of what motivates people to join the voluntary sector, what they bring to it and not expecting young people to make unfair compromises.
‘Grade inflation’ has reached far beyond the school exam system, right into the employment market, and degrees seem to have become used more and more widely as a ‘filter’ to narrow down the volume of applications, rather than a ‘qualification’ to do the job in any honest sense of the word.
Children England responds to the PM’s announcement on takeover of failing children’s services: “After a Spending Review that failed to mention child protection and children in care at all, and dealt the councils responsible for their care the savage blow of further 56% budget cuts, threats to takeover ‘failing’ children’s services teams looks like deckchair re-arrangement on a fleet of torpedoed ships.”
Jabeer Butt, Deputy Chief Executive, Race Equality Foundation, discusses whether leadership matters. This article was originally published in the Summer edition of Outlook magazine, which was themed on ‘leadership’