After six successful years as Chief Executive at KIDS, Caroline Stevens will be leaving the charity in the autumn to become the Chief Executive at the National Autistic Society.
Under Caroline’s dedicated leadership, KIDS has dramatically increased the number of children and young people receiving essential support from 7,000 to over 15,000 per year.
KIDS has also established itself as a voice for disabled children and young people through the delivery of the Department of Education’s national participation contract with the Council of Disabled Children.
Through the development of an extensive range of vital services to support the delivery of the Special Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms, expanding the charity’s mediation services to over 70 local authorities, KIDS is now the largest specialist provider of SEND mediation in the country.
Caroline, who has a son with autism and a learning disability, has been a passionate voice in the struggle to improve the lives of disabled children and their families from all backgrounds.
In particular, she has championed extending KIDS support for people aged between 19 and 25 as they embark on a critical pathway in their lives to independence and adulthood.
Speaking upon the announcement, Caroline said:
“I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my six years at KIDS and am proud of the positive results our staff across the country have achieved. It has been an absolute privilege to work for an organisation which continues to make such a positive impact on the lives of children and young people and I wish KIDS the very best for the future.”
KIDS Chairman, Stephen Unwin, added:
“Caroline has been a remarkable Chief Executive and I congratulate her on this appointment and wish her every success.”
With Caroline leaving in early November, recruitment is underway for a new Chief Executive of KIDS.