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Improving policy and practice for the well-being of children and young people

The Michael Sieff Foundation is a registered charity which has been at work since 1987. The Foundation is dedicated to improving policy and practice for the well-being of children and young people.

The Foundation achieved these objectives by organising conferences bringing together people with wide ranging responsibilities for vulnerable children and young people, resulting in action being taken in practical ways. Since research shows the best outcomes for children depend on multi-disciplinary work, the Foundation encourages multi-agency collaboration. The website provides a resource for the holding of material presented at its conferences and seminars, with links to other like-minded organisations.

Since 1987 the Foundation has made a significant contribution to policy and practice in the sphere of child protection, the social re-integration of young offenders, combating cross border paedophile activity, improving the conditions for children giving evidence in court, work with early years’ children and the welfare of children in primary schools. Currently the Foundation is seeking to ensure implementation of the recommendations of the Parliamentarians’ Inquiry into the Youth Justice system.

On conclusion of a cycle of conferences from 2008 to 2011 the Foundation adopted a different approach for our continuing work. We decided to work in partnership with other like-minded organisations in order to build on our reputation for promoting conferences and our resources for networking. The Foundation offers internal expertise on specific subject matter, database pooling, assistance in Parliamentary promotion where appropriate and subsidy or underwriting. We focus on areas where we have historical knowledge and emotional capital and where there is a reasonable likelihood of a successful outcome.

Where there have been concrete findings and recommendations, they have been promoted by Parliamentary Briefings, Lobbying and the use of social media via our website, and mailing list and Facebook site.

Across the years the Foundation’s work has been made possible by the generosity of donors a number of whom have wished to remain anonymous. However, it is right that we should acknowledge a grant in respect of our work on Youth Justice from the Nuffield Foundation, a grant for our general work with vulnerable children from the Paul Hamlyn Trust, and testamentary gifts from the estates of Rupert Hughes CBE and David Jefferies CBE. Both Rupert and David gave invaluable service to the Foundation as trustees over many years.

The Foundation will consider promoting and sponsoring with other funding bodies, collaboration on matters of policy development and implementation of issues relating to children and young people. It is not a grant making body.

The Michael Sieff Foundation Thirty Years Plus 1986 – 2017
Our 30 Year Celebration

30 Years of The Michael Sieff Foundation

In recognition of the achievements of the Foundation and the individuals who have contributed to the Foundation’s aims over the past thirty years, a celebration was held at the Reform Club in London on Friday 1 September 2017. Thoughts from: The Founder, The Chairman of Trustees, Past President & The Secretary of the Foundation, links to download the Anniversary Brochure, and a photo gallery from the evening can be viewed on the 30 Year Anniversary page.

October 2017


Upcoming Events

Supporting Relationships and Families (SRF)
18th Annual Conference
Sport and Attachment

Entitled: “Sport and Attachment”, Supporting Relationships and Families (SRF) will be holding their annual conference on Friday 24th November 2017. The conference will run from 10.00AM to 4.00PM at Friends Meeting House, 173-177 Euston Road, NW1 2BJ.

The conference has two aims:

  1. To raise the understanding of how secure or insecure attachments, (described in the writings on Attachment Theory by John Bowlby and others) formed in early childhood, persist throughout the life of the individual, and shape the relationships between the young person and adults. These adults may be outside of the family and may be a sports individual or a team.
  2. To discuss how children and young people learn through sport to cope with the emotional ups and downs of defeat and victory, failure and success, anger and love. How sport can help young people to develop confidently as healthy adults.

Speakers will include Arturo Ezquerro, Rob White, Damien Greaves. Visit the SRF website for further information: http://www.serefo.org.uk/events.html