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Our Strategy and Learning

We believe that Every child and young person deserves the opportunity to thrive and be the best they can be. At BBC Children in Need we act where the need is greatest. Our ambition is to create lasting, positive change across the UK for the children and young people who need us most. Together with the BBC and our partners, we aim to inspire the nation in support of our work.

In August 2022, we released our new Grantmaking Strategy for 2022-2025. It contains our four funding principles:

  • We share power with Children and Young People, recognising they are best placed to shape our work.
  • We act flexibly, ensuring our funding and processes are responsive, accessible, and user friendly.
  • We use our voice, leveraging our position and assets to build awareness and empathy.
  • We build purposeful partnerships to enact change and work within communities.

In the near future, we will publish more information about how we will align our broad-based work across the UK with new strategic themes and priorities.

You can read our full Grant Strategy for 2022-2025 here.

How are we using our insight and data to inform our funding priorities during the pandemic?

We have identified eight themes that show how Covid-19 is affecting children and young people:

Isolation Children and families are missing personal connections, relationships and support from trusted adults and peers outside the home.

 

Increased emotional wellbeing and mental health challenges: The pandemic is impacting on existing mental health and new issues are emerging for children and their parents. Anxiety, fear and stress are particular concerns.

 

 

Pressure on family relationships: Families are under pressure, from difficulties coping with stress and worry to crisis. Conflict and difficult relationships is increasing, whilst respite for children and parents is reducing.

 

Increased exposure to harm: Children faced increased risks both within families and outside the home, e.g. with increased time online and being unable to access safe spaces.
Basic needs are harder to meet: Children and families faced hunger and increased financial hardship. Digital access has become a basic need in lockdown.

 

Reduced access to education & activities: Children lacked the stimulation, development opportunities, structure & positive engagement these can bring.

 

Risks to physical wellbeing: Children’s physical wellbeing is at risk through reduced nutrition or physical activity for fitness, for those with health conditions and from the pandemic itself
Concern for the future: Children, young people and families are concerned for the future, such as education transitions, loss of jobs or risks to job prospects and financial stability.

 

 

These themes are being experienced by many different groups of children who already face challenges in their lives. They span all ages from babies and toddlers right through to older teenagers.

To find out more about what our grantees, children and young people and the sector have told us, please read our reports below:

At BBC Children in Need, we advise our Grant Applicants to conduct thorough research before applying – and these organisations are the best place to start.

Autism
www.nas.org.uk
www.autism-in-scotland.org.uk

Bereavement
www.winstonswish.org.uk
www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk

Bullying
www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

Child Poverty
www.endchildpoverty.org.uk

Child Abuse and Protection
www.nspcc.org.uk

Child Protection (Scotland)
www.children1st.org.uk

Disability
www.scope.org.uk

Domestic Violence
www.refuge.org.uk
https://www.womensaid.org.uk

Drug Abuse
www.talktofrank.com

Helpline
www.childline.org.uk

Homelessness
www.centrepoint.org.uk
www.shelter.org.uk

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender
www.lgbtyouth.org.uk (Scotland)
https://www.youngstonewall.org.uk

Learning Disability
www.mencap.org.uk

Life-Limiting and Threatening Conditions
https://www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk

Mental Health
www.youngminds.org.uk

Mobility Disabled
www.whizz-kidz.org.uk

Refugee and Asylum Seeking
www.refugeecouncil.org.uk

Sensory Impairment
http://www.ndcs.org.uk/ (hearing impaired)
www.rbcs.org.uk (visually-impaired)
http://www.rnib.org.uk

Young Carers
https://carers.org

Youth Offending
https://yjresourcehub.uk

At BBC Children in Need, we advise our Grant Applicants to conduct thorough research before applying – and these organisations are the best place to start.

Access Northern Ireland
www.accessni.gov.uk

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
www.bacp.co.uk

Charity Commission
www.charity-commission.gov.uk

Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
http://www.charitycommissionni.org.uk/

Children’s Commissioner for England
www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk

Children’s Commissioner for Scotland
www.sccyp.org.uk

Children’s Commissioner for Wales
www.childcomwales.org.uk

Children’s Commissioner for Northern Ireland
www.niccy.org/

Disclosure and Barring Service
www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service

Disclosure Scotland
www.mygov.scot/disclosure-types/

Information on internet safety
www.kidsmart.org.uk

Every Disabled Child Matters (England & Wales)
www.edcm.org.uk

Mentoring and Befriending Foundation
www.mandbf.org

National Children’s Bureau
www.ncb.org.uk

National Youth Agency
www.nya.org.uk

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
www.ncvo-vol.org.uk

Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action
www.nicva.org

NSPCC
www.nspcc.org.uk

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
www.oscr.org.uk

Parentline
www.parentlineplus.org.uk/

Participation Works
www.theparticipationworks.co.uk/

Samaritans
www.samaritans.org

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
www.scvo.org.uk

Welsh Council for Voluntary Action
www.wcva.org.uk

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