Giving children a powerful voice
Newsround broke new ground this year with a pioneering investigation into child poverty in the UK: The Wrong Trainers told the stories of six children, using animation and a narrative of their own voices. Dillon (right) didn't have anyone to look after him, lived in squalor and was hungry, with mould on his feet. The Wrong Trainers gave him the chance to be heard and showed kids and adults alike how they can effect change.The programme was later used for a brainstorm on child poverty hosted by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and went on to win a Royal Television Society award. The programme can still be viewed on the CBBC website.
In response to the overwhelming interest on the CBBC website during the 2005 London bombings, That Summer Day was commissioned to re-tell the day's events from a child's perspective. A big hit for the whole family was Evacuation, which used adult reality formats and techniques to help children experience what it would have been like to be an evacuee in the Second World War.