The Children's SocietyA better childhood. For every child.
In the late nineteenth century, Edward Rudolf, a young Sunday school teacher in South London, found himself confronted by the brutal effects of poverty on the lives of children.
When two young boys failed to turn up for his Sunday school, he went to look for them and was shocked to find them begging for food on the streets.
Theirs' was not an isolated experience and Rudolf was moved to act.
By 1919, with support from parishes and individuals across the country, Edward Rudolf had set up 113 caring children's homes throughout England and Wales.
Victorian Britain was very different to the country today. It did not have the welfare state safety nets of modern Britain and it was up to the Church and voluntary organisations to take the lead in social welfare. The Children's Society took up this challenge and has been at the forefront of care ever since, seeking to provide a meaningful future for disadvantaged and vulnerable children.
Over the years the work of The Children's Society has changed as society itself has changed. It has moved from caring for vulnerable children through the provision of homes to working with children and families in the community.
We help children of all faiths and none, including children at risk on the streets, disabled children, young refugees, young carers or those within the youth justice system.
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