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Leeds charity Ivison Trust selected as the overall winner of the GSK IMPACT Awards 2024

Ivison Trust, a Leeds-based charity, has been selected as the overall winner of a major national award for its outstanding work supporting parents and carers whose children are being sexually and criminally exploited from outside the family. 

Following a rigorous selection and assessment process, Ivison Trust was chosen from more than 500 charities across the UK as the overall winner of the 2024 GSK IMPACT Awards, which are delivered in partnership with leading health and care charity The King’s Fund. The charity was awarded the prize at a ceremony held in central London last night, Thursday 16 May

Now in its 27th year, the GSK IMPACT Awards recognise the outstanding work of small and medium-sized charities working to improve people’s health and wellbeing in the UK. As overall winners, Ivison Trust will receive £50,000 in unrestricted funding as well as expert support and leadership development provided by The King’s Fund. 

Each year, thousands of UK children are exploited by groomers, gangs, county lines groups, and others. According to the NSPCC, there were over 17,000 logged cases of child sexual exploitation in England and Wales in 2021/22, and online grooming has risen by 82% in the past four years.  

Ivison Trust is the only charity in the country with a primary focus on supporting parents affected by child sexual and criminal exploitation. The charity, formerly known as Parents Against Child Exploitation, was set up in 1996 by Irene Ivison whose daughter Fiona was tragically murdered after being groomed and sexually exploited. 

The GSK IMPACT Awards judges were impressed by the targeted work of Ivison Trust to help parents whose children have been exploited. Research from the University of Worcester in 2016 showed that 88% of affected parents said the exploitation of their children had impacted their health and wellbeing, with almost 40% of parents contemplating suicide as a direct result of the abuse, and 72% of parents requiring prescribed medication to help cope.    

Ivison Trust offers a range of services for parents and families, including one-to-one intensive support, counselling, peer-led support groups and a crisis response line. The charity also trains professionals on how to respond to child sexual and criminal exploitation and modern slavery, and campaigns and delivers training to improve safeguarding practices to better protect children.  
 
Ivison Trust has 11 Parent Liaison Officers working within local authority Multi-Agency Safeguarding Teams. These officers, commissioned by local authorities, the NHS, and Police and Crime Commissioners, work to the charity’s Relational Safeguarding Model. This supports parents as key partners, centring them in the safeguarding processes around the child to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the entire family.   

Commenting on the win, Lindsay Dalton, CEO of Ivison Trust, said: ‘We are astounded and incredibly proud to be chosen as the overall winner from a group of outstanding charities working hard in the health and care sector. Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to improve the lives of families affected by child exploitation and this award win would not have been possible without them. This extra boost brings us closer to our aim of developing research and evidence to improve responses for children who have faced exploitation and their families.’ 

Sir Jonathan Symonds, Chairman, GSK, said: ‘The Ivison Trust is an extremely worthy overall winner of the 2024 GSK IMPACT Awards. With a small staff, they have successfully managed to expand their work nationwide to support hundreds of families affected by child exploitation each year. The judging panel was deeply impressed with the breadth of what Ivison Trust does, so I’d like to extend my congratulations to Lindsay and all the team.’ 

Sarah Woolnough, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said: ‘We are delighted to announce Ivison Trust as the overall winner of the 2024 GSK IMPACT Awards. With incidents of child exploitation increasing, more and more families are feeling the devastating impact of this harrowing crime. Ivison Trust puts the parents and families at the heart of its work and provides tailored support to keep families safe. As the only charity in the UK set up to support parents, Ivison Trust also works to improve safeguarding practice, trains professionals, and campaigns for change. We hope this win will support the charity as it continues its vital work to shine a spotlight on the impact of child exploitation.’ 

Notes to editors

Photos, interviews and case studies are available upon request. For further information please contact Gemma Umali, Senior Press and Public Affairs Manager at The King’s Fund, on 020 7307 2585 or [email protected]   

For more information about Ivison Trust, visit: https://ivisontrust.org.uk/   

GSK IMPACT Awards    

  • The GSK IMPACT Awards, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, are designed to recognise the outstanding work of community-based health care charities. For more information visit https://www.gsk.com/en-gb/responsibility/charitable-investments/#UKInvestments   

    • The awards are open to small and medium-sized charities working in health and wellbeing with an annual income between £150,000 and £3 million that are at least three years old. The 2025 GSK IMPACT Awards will open for applications on 1 July 2024. For more information and to apply visit www.kingsfund.org.uk/gskimpactawards.       

  • This year £430,000 in unrestricted prize money will be awarded to UK charities through the GSK IMPACT Awards. Five runners-up will receive £4,000 each. Ten winners will each receive £40,000 in unrestricted funding, film assets, a set of promotional photographs of their services, as well as access to training and development activities estimated to be worth £9,500. The award ceremony was held at The King’s Fund in London on 16 May 2024. As overall winner, Ivison Trust will receive an extra £10,000, making a total of £50,000. The ten winning charities are also invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network, a UK-wide network of almost 120 previous award winners who work together to develop leaders, find new ways of working and provide mutual support.      

  • The 2024 winners went through a rigorous assessment, including a half-day in-depth discussion with an independent assessor, and were selected by a judging panel of health and charity experts.    

  • Since its inception in 1997, over 540 health and wellbeing charities have received a GSK IMPACT Award and funding totalling more than £8.5 million.      

GSK is a global biopharma company with a purpose to unite science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together. Find out more at gsk.com     

The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. It helps to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; developing individuals, teams, and organisations; promoting understanding of the health and social care system; and bringing people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Its vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all. For further information visit www.kingsfund.org.uk       

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