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The London-based charity[1] Kidscape was established in 1985 by child psychologist Michele Elliott.[2] Its focus is on children’s safety, with an emphasis on the prevention of harm by equipping children with techniques and mindsets that help them stay safe.

After a 1984-1986 survey of 4000 children, their parents and teachers, it was apparent that the main threat to children came from people known to them - bullies, friends, or family members. Kidscape's Child Protection programmes are now taught UK-wide in thousands of schools and community groups. Kidscape is identified with the effort to quell bullying, working with children from 9-15.

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Activities

Kidscape's work falls into five main categories:

  • A helpline for parents of bullied or endangered children
  • A nationwide training programme in all aspects of anti-bullying and child protection work for children, teachers and other professionals
  • Free workshops for bullied children that teach them how to stop the bullying; their parents also learn and are supported in their own session
  • A range of publications on bullying and general child safety advice..
  • An extensive website with information and advice

Work with external organisations

Kidscape is a frequent commentator in the media on bullying and child protection issues[3]. Michele Elliott has represented Kidscape on advisory boards, including the Toy Council[4], and consults and advises, such as the House of Commons Education and Skills Committee on the effects of bullying. Kidscape is a member of the Anti-bullying Alliance.

Awards

  • In 1998 Smith Kline Beecham awarded Kidscape an Impact Award recognising Kidscape's work in improving community health.
  • In September 2000, Kidscape was named UK Charity of the Year in the first Charity Times awards.
  • In 2007 Kidscape was Highly Commended in the 2007 Charity Awards Children and Youth category and Michele Elliott was Highly Commended in the Charity Principal of the Year category.[5]
  • In the New Year Honours 2008, Michele Elliott was awarded an OBE by HM the Queen in recognition of her services to children.

References

  1. ^ [1], Charity registration details
  2. ^ [2], Newsround item
  3. ^ [3],Panorama Monday, 5 January 2009
  4. ^ [4], Toy Council Membership
  5. ^ http://www.charitytimes.com/pages/charity_times_awards/pages/2007_shortlist/charity_principal.htm

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