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Children's Society Records and Archives Centre

CONTACT DETAILS (See moreSee less)
Visitor''s address: Records and Archives Centre, The Children's Society, Edward Rudolf House, Margery Street, London WC1X 0JL
Country:

England, UK

E-mail address:
Webpage:
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7232 2966
Fax:
+44 (0)20 7252 3902
ACCESS & SERVICE INFORMATION (See moreSee less)
Opening hours:

Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00 / Access by prior appointment only

Closing dates:

Closed Saturdays, Sundays and all English bank holidays. Also closed 25 December-1 January.

Access conditions: Accessible to the public
Access information:

Because we have a limited number of staff, it will not be possible to visit The Children’s Society Records and Archives Centre without an appointment. It is preferred that requests to view records reflect bona fide interests or projects. Please contact us for further information.

Disabled access: Facilities for disabled people are available
Facilities for disabled people:

Step-free access and accessible toilet facilities available.

Searchroom: 1 places
Archives research service:

We provide an enquiry service to people searching for information about The Children’s Society’s history or about deceased relatives who had been in The Children’s Society’s care. Please contact us for further information.

If you have previously been in the care of The Children’s Society or have been adopted through The Children’s Society and are looking to access your own records, please contact our Post Adoption and Care team on Tel: +44 (0)20 7232 5288, Email: postadoption@childrenssociety.org.uk

Computer places: 0 places
Microfilm/fiche readers: 0 places
Photograph allowance:
No
Public internet access: Not available
Reproduction services:

Some records can be digitised on request; this is dependent on the content and condition of the documents and is assessed on a case-by-case basis. There is a charge for this service of £5 per item digitised.

Digitisation service: Available
Photocopying service: Not available
Photographic service: Not available
Microfilming service: Not available
Conservation laboratory: No conservation laboratory available
ARCHIVES & HOLDINGS DESCRIPTION (See moreSee less)
Archival and other holdings:

We hold the records of The Children’s Society, detailing its work with children from its foundation in 1881 to the present day. The Archive collections comprise: management and administration records; financial records; fundraising, public relations and supporter relation records; social work records, including documents created by the residential care homes and social work projects, and records relating to children and young people; property management records; and records relating to staff. This includes 30,000 case files for children admitted into The Children’s Society’s care between 1882 and September 1926.

Extent of holdings: 2500 m
Date(s) of the holdings: 19th Century - 21st Century
History of the archive:

The Children’s Society was founded in 1881 by Edward Rudolf, who wanted to help the vulnerable children he saw around him in Victorian Britain. In its early history, The Children’s Society (then known as The Waifs and Strays Society) did this by running a network of children’s homes for poor and disadvantaged children. By the mid-1970s, the work of The Children’s Society had evolved away from children’s homes to focus on more innovative types of social work and child care. Today, The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life. Children are at the heart of all we do. That’s why we want to build a better childhood - for every child.

Archive departments:

For more information about The Children’s Society, please see this page: http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/about-us/our-organisation

Other information
Name of the archive (in other languages):

The Church of England Children’s Society

Last update: 20.02.2017
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