Unlike every other childhood cause, children suffering from abuse lack a natural parental constituency for advocacy and funding. The alternative investment industry, in their support of Help For Children, is filling this void by taking a stand for these children.
Help For Children is a direct result of the commitment that the Alternative Investment industry has made. With the active support of our Board of Directors and other industry partners, HFC raises money and awards grants in 10 locations in 5 countries. To date, HFC in the UK has distributed over £2 million in grants. Globally, HFC has invested £40 million in grants to prevent and treat child abuse, transforming over 1.1 million lives.
The abuse and neglect of children is a global problem with serious lifelong consequences. It cuts across all socio-economic, racial, and religious lines. Child abuse causes suffering to children and families; it can result in stress that is associated with disruptions in early brain development. Extreme stress can impair the development of the nervous and immune systems. As adults, maltreated children are at increased risk for behavioral, physical and mental health problems.
Worldwide, it is estimated that 1 billion children are subjected to violence each year with nearly a quarter of all adults reporting that they suffered physical abuse or neglect as a child. However, since children are often too young, too scared or too ashamed to tell anyone about it, abuse can easily be hidden from view and these reports may underestimate the true occurrence. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1 in 4 children experience some form of abuse in childhood.
In responding to the complex issues around child maltreatment, HFC takes a multi-faceted approach in the types of prevention and treatment programs funded. We currently fund programs in the following four impact areas.
Each grantee goes through a rigorous funding process. Grantees must submit a Letter of Intent and then be invited to submit a full proposal. Potential grantees are asked to identify the outcomes they expect to achieve with a Help For Children grant. Those outcomes must be related to preventing or treating child abuse. In addition, every potential grantee must identify how they will measure success in achieving their outcomes.
Help For Children Grants Committees, and the local Academic Expert, evaluate the population, problem, and activity proposed by each applicant for adherence to the HFC mission of preventing and treating child abuse. They then assess the specific projected outcomes and the measurement tools employed by each applicant to determine success for effectiveness and efficacy. Help For Children does not believe in one size fitting all. By allowing each grantee to propose the measurement tools they wish to employ, and then monitoring their implementation, HFC allows for local creativity and integrity while also ensuring significant oversight for evaluating results.
HFC distinguishes itself by providing consultation to grantees to achieve measurable results. This is the HFC difference. Grantees benefit from ongoing information sharing on best practices, consultation on program design and emphasis on evidence-based evaluation tools to guarantee life-changing results.