Child services fit for the 21st Century

In our first program with Camila Batmanghelidjh, we focused on the closure of her charity, Kids Company. In this program we discuss with her what 21st century children’s services should actually look like. Over the last 20 years, Kids Company partnered with scientists to examine what was happening to children’s brains as a result of chronic maltreatment and neglect. They found that the brain function of traumatised children was similar to that of war-veterans, except their war was surviving childhood in the ghettos of Britain.

Kids Company- what happened?

Kids Company, once one of Britain’s most recognised and beloved charities, was shut down in 2015 after a stream of negative media stories about lavish spending and mismanagement. Almost overnight, national sentiment towards its founder, Camila Batmanghelidjh, reversed. Batmanghelidjh claims she was the victim of a brutal and systematic character assassination. Today, Batmanghelidjh joins us on the show to reveal what really pushed Kids Company to the wall.

Kids Company: what happened?

Kids Company was one of the most recognised and loved charities of our time. But after a stream of negative media stories about lavish spending and mismanagement, national sentiment reversed almost overnight, and its founder, Camila Batmanghelidjh, once regarded as Britain’s most successful, colourful and inspirational charity leader, became in the eyes of the media, a disgrace. In the first of a two-part series, Batmanghelidjh joins us on the show to reveal what really pushed Kids Company to the wall.