Join us for our 75th anniversary speaker event, led by Polly Toynbee and David Walker, Guardian journalists and authors of Dismembered: how the attack on the state harms us all

With a response from Kathy Evans, CEO of Children England, and audience Q & A

Including a drinks reception

75 years Children England logoIn 1942, while WWII was still raging, Children England was founded as a coalition of children’s charities to work collaboratively with Government to prepare for the peace and to implement the vision of the seminal Beveridge Report, published the same year. In our 75th anniversary year, Children England wants to explore with leading and challenging thinkers what has happened to the ideals and institutions of our public realm, especially as they affect children and families today.

Polly Toynbee and David Walker will give our guests a special talk, examining what they describe in their recent book as the ‘dismembering’ of the British state.  Kathy Evans, Children England’s CEO, will share a response to their presentation and examine the challenges ahead for creating a society that has its children at heart.​ Guests will be able to take part in a Q & A discussion and then join us for networking and a drinks reception.

This event is the first in a series of special talks intended to raise the big issues of the day, and to raise funds for Children England, in our year of 75th anniversary activities. 

Tickets are priced individually at £40, which includes joining us for the drinks reception. (Scroll down for online booking.)

Children England is a small national charity committed to campaigning and policy development to change the world for England’s children and the voluntary sector that supports them and their families. We are completely reliant on charitable funding, which helps us to maintain an outspoken independent voice for change, and this event will help to raise funds to keep our work going in the future. Our speakers and sponsors have kindly donated their time and resources to make this event happen meaning that 100% of ticket sales and any donations will help to fund our ambition: to lead an independent commission to redesign the 21st century welfare state so that it works for all children.

If you're interested to join us but would find the ticket price prohibitive, you can still let us know you'd like to come and in the days immediately before the event itself we will make sure any unbooked tickets go to people who would otherwise be unable to attend (Please note these places may be standing only).

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