CHILDREN'S charity Barnardo's is marking the centenary of its founder's death by celebrating the difference it makes to the lives of thousands of youngsters.
It has published a new report, Then and Now, which highlights the plight of vulnerable children when Dr Thomas Barnado died in 1905 and now.
Today the charity provides dedicated staff in 361 specialised projects in local communities across the UK.
This includes the Step Up Project in Huddersfield.
The project, based at Fartown High School, aims to help African-Caribbean and Asian children with their transition from primary school to senior school.
A Barnado's spokeswoman said research had shown that these children traditionally found the step up to senior school more difficult.
The project aims to support them at school by giving basic practical help and information.
The report looks at some of the most difficult issues that continue to face the children Barnado's works with. These include poverty, crime, disability, drugs and alcohol, mental health problems and sexual exploitation.
"The report makes uncomfortable reading, but shows clearly the effectiveness of Barnado's modern approach to helping children and their families," said the spokeswoman.
* Barnado's has helped more than 1.2m children in the past 100 years.
* In 100 years the public has given almost £900m to support the charity's work.
* In 1905, £100 would maintain six children in the charity's care for one year.
* In 2005, £100 enables Barnado's to help a child for a month.
* For every 100 pence spent by the charity today, 92 pence is spent directly on services to children.