Barnardo’s has announced Natasha Kaplinsky OBE as its new President.

The newsreader, presenter and journalist will give her first speech as President at the charity’s Annual Parliamentary Reception today, at the House of Commons.

Natasha is passionate about issues affecting vulnerable children and a recognised figure in British public life.

She will help the charity to raise awareness of issues affecting vulnerable children, young people and their families, including mental health and wellbeing, child sexual exploitation and children who are leaving care.

Natasha will also be championing the work Barnardo’s does via its 1000+ services across the UK.

Barnardo’s President Natasha Kaplinsky said:

“As a mother, I believe all children deserve the care and opportunities we would want for our own children. It is our duty as adults to listen to young people and keep in mind that our decisions affect their future.

“Having visited some of Barnardo’s services, I’ve had the opportunity to meet incredibly inspiring children and the talented staff who support them. Every day this amazing charity is helping to rekindle hope in the lives of vulnerable young people across the UK.

“I am truly honoured to be joining Barnardo’s as their new President.”

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

“It is an honour to welcome Natasha Kaplinsky as Barnardo’s President. We are fortunate to have such a fantastic champion of Barnardo’s work. As a mother, Natasha is passionate about the wellbeing of all children and will work with us to help improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable young people across the UK.

“We are truly delighted that Natasha will be helping us to raise awareness of issues affecting vulnerable children, young people and their families, including mental health, child sexual exploitation and children who are leaving care.”

To coincide with the reception Barnardo’s today published a report – ‘Overcoming Poverty of Hope’ – which looks at the concerns young people have for the future, including climate change, job prospects, Brexit, the economy and crime.

The report, which includes the results of a YouGov survey of 1,036 young people for Barnardo’s and feedback from the charity’s service users, paints a picture of a generation who don’t feel they are listened to by society or decision-makers when it comes to challenges facing the country.