Social Enterprise: An appropriate model for a child and youth care organisation?

Social Enterprise: An appropriate model for a child and youth care organisation?
Graham Bell and Lesley Fuller

This article charts the journey of Kibble, from one of Scotland’s oldest child and youth care charities, to an award-winning social enterprise. It explores the definition and history of social enterprise and how Kibble created a Victorian blended income-stream long before the term ‘social enterprise’ had been coined. The authors discuss the daily challenges and opportunities of adopting a social enterprise model in a child and youth care organisation. Finally they outline the need to blend purpose with profit and explore the impact on stakeholders, beneficiaries, staff and ultimately on wider society.


This article will explore and discuss Kibble’s journey from a traditional grant-funded charity to a social enterprise and attempt to determine whether social enterprise is an appropriate model for a child and youth organisation. Kibble is one of Scotland’s oldest charities, and today a leading social enterprise. Kibble works with young people from five to 25, offering a uniquely integrated array of services that include emergency and respite; residential and through-care; secure and close support; day and community; education and youth training; intensive fostering; young adult; and youth employment and training.
Kibble provides a place of safety, structure and stability, opening up new possibilities for young people to play a useful part in society and prepare them for a happy and fulfilled adult life.

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