The Children’s Commissioner’s newly released Childhood Vulnerability Report brandishes the subtitle “Need, spend and the millions of children in England who miss out” with severe intent. The stats are hard-hitting and (sadly) unsurprising – and for us at Kids Matter, a reminder that we are fighting for the children (and families) who “miss out”; the children who aren’t yet at crisis point and will simply slip through the gap unless someone pays attention.
For us, that someone is the church.
The church, with its community network and volunteer base, is in the best position to step into the gap and offer support to vulnerable families. Our parenting programme is an early intervention initiative that aims to equip parents with the tools for strengthening relationships before children and families reach crisis point.
The below infographic created by the Children’s Commissioner for the stats revealed in the Childhood Vulnerability Report emphasises the significant difference early intervention measures (like our parenting programme) could have on the lives of children if applied widely and consistently. Have a look:
If we apply Kids Matter to the above infographic, we’d hope to run parenting programmes for parents when Ben is 2 – in that very first column – before families and children hit crisis point! The sooner, the better!
Have a look at the massive pink section in the above infographic: this is where Kids Matter hopes to intervene – the children invisible to children’s services, who if left without support will likely end up in the other categories.
Kids Matter is a programme that engages with families and young children before crisis point – it strengthens families by giving mums and dads the tools to be competent, confident parents or caregivers. To get involved with our programme, as a volunteer or by financially supporting our programme, please contact us at email@example.com