Charity Statements and Achievements

Dogs Helping Kids works in all schools and colleges across the country including mainstream schools, behavioural schools, special need schools, further education colleges, preparatory schools, grammar schools and very small specialised schools. The primary aim of Dogs Helping Kids is to educate, help and support children and teenagers of all ages, backgrounds, sexes and abilities. This is achieved by training very carefully selected dogs known as DHK School Dogs to an incredibly high standard to work in the school, college and library environment as both educational and therapeutic aids.

The impact our DHK School Dogs have on children and teenagers in the educational environment is amazing and life changing. Every day across the country our DHK School Dogs are working with and helping children and teenagers. The following is being achieved :-

1) Improved academic achievement
2) Increase in literacy skills
3) Calm behaviour down
4) Increase in social skills and self esteem
5) Increased confidence
6) Teaching responsibility and respect to all life
7) Helping to prevent truancy and absenteeism
8) Motivating children who are often not that attentive within
    classroom environments


Mission Statement

Dogs Helping Kids is dedicated to using highly trained dogs to help teach children non-violence, empathy, respect, kindness, love, responsibility, friendship and trust.

Vision Statement

To have a dog working and helping in every school and every college in the United Kingdom.

Charity Objects  (as they appear on the Charity Commission website)

To advance education and development of children and young people in England and Wales by providing and assisting in the provision of appropriately trained dogs as a means to help them:
A) To learn respect, empathy, responsibility and non-violence;
B) With behavioural and other problems or illnesses they may have.

Further Aims of D.H.K.

Promote the positive role that dogs have and deserve in today’s society especially with regard to the ways in which dogs can both enhance children’s lives and help children.

Promote the effectiveness and uniqueness of the child-dog bond and the tremendous impact this can have on the individual child.

Dogs Helping Kids Achievements

DHK has had many achievements over the years both at a national level and a local level. At a local level (Devon) we have been on ITV's Westcountry News, appeared on local radio (The Voice and Radio Devon) and had many features in the local newspaper, The Journal. We have gained national recognition by appearing in newspapers such as The Times and The Telegraph and been in national dog magazines such as Dogs Today, Your Dogs, and Dogs Monthly. 

In 2013 we were filmed for Australian TV and appeared on their number one watched show, 'Anh Doh', and in 2014 we featured in two BBC programmes, Sports Relief 'Top Dog' and the acclaimed series 'Animal Saints and Sinners', which featured the story of Liam and his DHK Support School Dog Charlie. In 2016 we appeared on ITV's 'This Morning' show and we had a feature on CBS News in North America, and in 2019 we featured on the highly prestigious 5 part American TV programme ‘Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs’.

In 2012 we were given the very high honour of being invited to attend an event celebrating Animals and People, organised by N.O.A.H. at the House of Commons in London, and we were the only charity in the South West chosen to do so. At the event we were able to showcase our charity and everything that we have achieved to both MPs & the media. In 2014 we were included in a national photographic exhibition in London called The Pawtraits Exhibition and from this we were also featured in a beautiful book of the same name. In 2018 and 2019 we provided talks at Westminster on Dogs Helping Kids at the All-party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group (APDAWG), and we felt incredibly honoured to be there.

In 2019 DHK were thrilled to be one of the guest speakers at the highly prestigious Animal-Assisted Interventions and Human Welfare Networking Event at the York Medical Society, organised by York University and Lincoln University. It was an inspiring day and hopefully the first of many in the important field of Animal-Assisted Interventions.

Dogs Helping Kids is incredibly proud to be a member of the Animal Welfare Education Alliance and also a full member of Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII), a worldwide academic organisation that was created in 2013 in the field of Animal Assisted Therapy.

Point of Light Award

In February 2019 Tracey Berridge, the charity founder and CEO was awarded the prestigious ‘Point of Light Award’ by the Prime Minister in recognition of her inspirational work in founding Dogs Helping Kids and her outstanding contribution to dog training. The Prime Minister’s Point of Light Award recognises outstanding individuals who are making positive changes in their communities and around the world. The UK award was set up in partnership with the US Points of Light Foundation, which was established over 25 years ago. The award is a way in which the Primary Minister says ‘thank you’ to Tracey’s outstanding services and it is hoped that by shining a light on Tracey’s work, she can inspire others to do the same. Tracey is the UK’s 1122th Point of Light recipient and she is totally thrilled to have received such an esteemed honour from the Government with regards to Dogs Helping Kids.

To view the award certificate from the Government click here.

To read the letter to Tracey from the Prime Minister click here.

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