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Kids Company Statement

Since the beginning of this year, Kids Company has received fewer philanthropic and public donations. At the same time the charity has continued to meet the practical and emotional needs of an increasing number of high-risk vulnerable children, young people and families, who are not being supported by the statutory system. This has led to an unprecedented operating environment.

In partnership with a group of philanthropists, the charity is being supported by the new government to create a more sustainable organisation and funding structure that will be better able to tolerate unpredictable income streams in the future. Camila Batmanghelidjh, the founder and Chief Executive of Kids Company will not be leaving the organisation. It will be the 20th anniversary of Kids Company in November and it was always Camila’s intention that a new Chief Executive would be appointed so that Camila can assume an advocacy, campaigning and clinical role. An announcement will be made when the details are finalised.

Kids Company will continue to deliver its core services to society’s most vulnerable children and young people although it may be reducing its staff levels, subject to appropriate employee consultation.

The Kids Company Board of Trustees said: “Camila Batmanghelidjh and the staff of Kids Company have created a highly effective model of care and support for the most vulnerable children in society which should be recognised and valued as a national asset. The board, with the backing of a philanthropic group are strongly supporting the charity and are working to ensure that Kids Company will continue to offer safety, protection and loving care to some of society’s most vulnerable children.

In recognition of the value of Kids Company’s work, successive governments have worked with the charity to support more children and young people. The last government granted the charity £4.25m to contribute to Kids Company’s 2015/16 budget. Kids Company has been audited annually and its outputs evaluated quarterly by government appointed auditors.

Over the last 19 years Kids Company has developed a highly effective, model for the delivery of practical and emotional support to exceptionally vulnerable children, young people and their families. The model, informed by Kids Company’s developmental science research collaborations, recognises children’s ability to seek help as and when they need it with 97% of children referring themselves for help. Kids Company currently operates through 10 street level centres and works in over 40 schools in London and Bristol.

For further information contact:

Laurence Guinness
Director of Communications, Campaigns & Research

Laurence.Guinness@kidsco.org.uk


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