This figure has been widely interpreted as the number of vulnerable children with whom the charity works, providing emotional support, therapy and practical help. However, figures in the same report suggest the actual number is far lower.
Under the heading Why Kids Company Is Needed, it states: “In 2013 we worked with 750 exceptionally vulnerable young people.”
It reinforces the impression that Ms Batmanghelidjh was able to attract a large amount of funding and publicity out of proportion to the actual work carried out by her organisation.
The figure of 36,000 ‘clients’ included 19,000 children at dozens of schools in London and four in Bristol, with whom Kids Company workers came into contact in some way, along with 7,000 parents or family members, some of whom directly benefit from therapy and other support.
But the youngsters in its figures included the classmates of those children taking part in its activities. Kids Company justified their inclusion on the basis that the children benefited from the knock-on effects of the activities.
Important things, numbers….