Writer and comedy performer Madi Maxwell-Libby performs her poem Kids, Coins, Cuts in a vlog for HuffPost UK. In it, she speaks about the severe inequality in our society today, benefit cuts and the children left behind.
I'm not for a moment saying we shouldn't think and plan and act at our absolute best. But there is little point in our existence unless we can achieve change for people we are here for. The biggest risk of all is failing the people who need us. Let's urge charities on, let's give them the room to breathe, and our support to take courage.
Of course I know that 'Charity Does A Good Job' and 'No Governance Concerns At Charity' are not juicy headlines, but what I take from all of this is that it seems that most people writing (and reading?) about charities don't actually know much about charities, about the reality of running a charity, working in a charity, or receiving services or support from a charity.
Either way, the work we need to do as a sector to learn lessons from what went wrong with Kids Company should be harnessed as a force for the good and not as a way of undermining work which makes a massive difference to some of the most disadvantaged people in the country.
Alan Yentob may have had to fall on his sword last week and resign from his senior management job at the BBC, but it seems
Alan Yentob, the BBC's creative director and former chairman of trustees for the scandal-hit Kids Company, has resigned, citing
£42million of taxpayers' money was poured into an organisation which was poorly managed and did not deliver the results expected. The simple truth is public money belongs to the taxpayer, not to Ministers. Every funding decision has to be viewed through this prism. In the case of Kids Company this was evidently not followed. It is only right that those who made these decisions are held to account.
Ministers were aware of a report detailing huge payments given to clients and relatives of staff at Kids Company just three
I realise I'm writing into a void here, but PLEASE can we stop unpicking over the carcass of Kids Company and talk about the needs of young people and how we ensure they thrive.
Kids Company directed a greater proportion of its income towards paying its chief executive than Britain's biggest charities
When Kids Company was mired in controversy, Ms Batmanghelidjh and chair Alan Yentob gave a disastrous performance before
Alan Yentob has been lambasted for using the death of a teenager to make a political point about Kids Company. The BBC boss
Camila Batmanghelidjh has claimed she is akin to a political murder victim following a grilling by MPs over the closure of
Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh has delivered a much-mocked performance at her grilling by MPs today. She was
The closure of Kids Company over the summer was one further case study in the importance of effective charity governance
Where the buck stops matters. Kids Company handled about £150 million over the course of its existence. It did great work, but should have been advised that it is not enough to act out a mission that defies economic gravity, just because you want to do so.
The young people being helped by Kids Company could "descend into savagery" and riot or loot if the charity closed, the charity
There is no doubt that some people are sitting smugly thinking 'this would never happen to us' however I think we all need to recognise that this could happen to any of us. This situation poses some questions?
Here's a question. Three months ago, had you heard of Cecil the Lion? I certainly hadn't, and I doubt that many, outside of the Oxford-based group that studied him, would have been able to pick him out of a watering-hole police line-up. The digital news revolution is characterised by this sort of story.
It all seems so cut and dried. Hundreds of families and Kids Company staff protest outside Downing Street, blessed briefly by the presence of the charity's founder, Camila Batmanghelidjh. Charity good; government bad. Kids Company failed because the government wouldn't bail it out. Damn those heartless bastards. The reality is so much more complicated.