Through the delivery of support and intervention services, and by speaking up on behalf of those who need us most, we give vulnerable children and families the chance for a better future.
No child should face life's struggles alone
In the year up to the end of March 2020, Spurgeons ran 50 projects and services which were delivered in 22 Local Authority areas across England.
This brought us into contact with 29,835 children and young people and 33,232 adult family members. Of these, we worked intensively with 3,095 children and young people to directly help them overcome the challenges they faced and reduced their vulnerability and disadvantage.
Spurgeons delivers a range of services for children, young people and families across England. Select a service to find out more about our work and the Spurgeons support available in your area:
protecting girls at risk of harm
There are at least 60 county line drugs operations in Birmingham. Because boys are more likely to be targeted by police, gangs are now increasingly targeting girls and young women to transport weapons and drugs.
BeLeave helps girls and young women aged 8-18 who are in danger of such criminal exploitation to recognise risks and make positive choices.
more intensive support for parents with higher needs
Around 1 in 3 children in the UK live in poverty and 1 in 10 are 'in need'.
We want to protect vulnerable children, to intervene at an early stage to support their families before the impact of poverty takes hold.
The Children's Centres we run across the UK are focused on areas of higher deprivation. Through them, we work one-to-one with parents of more vulnerable under 5s (often alongside other agencies).
Spurgeons deliver Children's Centre services in Birmingham and Wiltshire.
working together to build stronger families
Spurgeons family centres are places where parents of children aged 0–11 years can share the challenges and joys of parenthood. The centres offer a range of activities and support services to help with all aspects of parenting, helping parents and carers to make sure their child gets the best start in life.
Spurgeons deliver these services on behalf of Surrey County Council in the borough of Elmbridge.
Faringdon Families at The Place
a partnership between Spurgeons and Faringdon Town Council providing play sessions for families
The Place in Faringdon, Oxfordshire provides support to children and families continuing a partnership between Faringdon and Spurgeons which spans almost a quarter of a century.
As part of our Faringdon Families partnership, we aim to provide emotional and physical support to new families and a space to make new friendships by offering a place for children and babies to interact with one another.
an holistic approach to addressing domestic abuse
1 in 7 children and young people have experienced domestic abuse. It can leave psychological scars that last a lifetime - but most support is too little and comes too late.
At the Spurgeons Norwich Connect service, support is tailored to individual families, looking at the victim, perpetrator and children in balance, and involves multiple co-ordinated agencies (including police healthcare providers and social workers).
Prison-based Family Support Services
making prison visits less daunting
Spurgeons runs family support services for prisoners and their families and friends who visit them, with a particular focus on children and strengthening family relationships.
Spurgeons delivers family support services in 12 prisons across England.
helping fathers and children separated by imprisonment
Spurgeons' pioneering project Invisible Walls based at HMP Winchester works closely with the prison, fathers and their families and Probation and Children's Services to ensure that prisoners and their families are seamlessly supported from imprisonment to release.
Together for Families
general family support provided by communities
Together for Families (T4F) is an innovative project, where T4F staff based at Children's Centres partner with churches and community groups to provide support to children, young people and their families.
The teams, based in Birmingham and Wiltshire, also link parents with more specialist family support to help them with physical or mental health issues, debt, financial hardship or employment problems.
Giving Young Carers a voice
Census data identifies 173,000 young carers in the UK (2016), though BBC research projects up to 700,000, or 3 times as many, have caring needs that are yet to be identified.
These young people are caring for a family member with an illness or disability.
Spurgeons support around 800 young people aged 8 to 16 through our Young Carers services in Birmingham and Wolverhampton.
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