Another year, another whirlwind of reforms, resolutions and revamps and despite all of that the only thing we have to show for it is the continued hope of those of us who want to see a better child welfare system come to life.

So in the spirit of Christmas we would like to say thank you, for your support, your loyal readership and your invaluable contributions to our site, which comes to life because of you.

We are deeply grateful to our regular posters, who offer their thoughts and wisdom often daily and share with us, and the rest of the world, the materials and news items which interest them and which in turn they feel will interest us. It is such a privilege to be able to chat and think about what is put on our blog.

From these discussions stem some of our posts. Inspired by you and your findings, we have featured many items given to us by readers throughout the year who thought we might find the material news worthy, and we thank you for sharing these things with us and for alerting us to things we don’t always see or find ourselves. The kindness and consideration present in those gestures always touches us.

Of course our posts mean nothing and would not be able to sail out into the world without the support of our readers and friends on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook and so we thank you deeply for re-tweeting our posts and sharing your thoughts on them. We were also blown away this year by your responses to appeals we made on behalf of others who desperately needed help or advice. In some cases hundreds of you came to our rescue and provided us with the resources we needed to assist vulnerable men, women and children and this for us was the highlight of 2014 – the sheer kindness and compassion we witnessed on social media has made our year. It’s something we will never forget.

We have also had the honour of being interviewed by the national media, advising television channels on child welfare programmes and working with clients on government proposals, charitable projects and policy reforms, all of which we have enjoyed immensely and feel very lucky to be a part of.

All of this comes at a price of course (sleep deprivation being part of the toll 🙂 ) but it is very much worth it and as a token of our appreciation for your interest, support and engagement, Researching Reform would like to thank you, from the bottom of our woolly socks, and we wish you a very merry Christmas, wherever you may be and whomever you may be with, and we would like to offer you some Christmas songs to get you in the festive mood…. only three more sleeps to go!

A special message for those parents and children who will be spending Christmas apart from one another: our heart goes out to you and we are thinking of you at this time. We hope your holiday is filled with warmth, support and hope, and we look forward to seeing you in 2015. 

With all our love,

Researching Reform xxxxxxxxxxxx