Publications and briefings
Our publications and policy briefings present our expert knowledge and opinion on the issues facing vulnerable children and young people in the UK.
- Early Intervention – Where now for local authorities?
The report identifies the lack of long-term central funding as the major barrier preventing local authorities from shifting children’s services towards early intervention and prevention. It outlines that a ten year spending plan that sets out the funding available for children’s services would enable local authorities to achieve the desired shift to early intervention approaches.
- Children and the Big Society
A report which examines what the Government must do to ensure the Big Society agenda really means something to the most deprived and neglected in children, young people and families. For the executive summary please click here
- On our own two feet report
Makes the case for an asset-based savings account scheme for looked after children. The Government have since announced details of a new Junior ISA. The scheme will reach over 55,000 children and young people across the UK in the first year, increasing every year after that.
- Neglecting the Issue
A report bringing together existing knowledge and evidence on the impact, causes and responses to child neglect in the UK
- Impact Report 2011
Research findings from several studies on the difference Action for Children services make to the lives and life chances of the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people across the UK
Seen and now heard
Research suggests that up to 1.5 million children are affected by neglect throughout the country. For this report, we spoke to over 3,000 eight to 12 year olds to get their stories about child neglect.
Child neglect frontline report
In this report, Action for Children presents evidence on the damaging effects of neglect and the challenges of dealing with the issue as told by the professionals on the frontline.
- The Smart Money
Making tomorrow better for children and families. The smart money publication recently produced for a parliamentary event makes a powerful case for investing in early intervention services.
- Scottish Factfile
Information and statistics to help inform key policy makers, agencies and organisations working with children, families and young people.
- Digital Manifesto
42 recommendations from the Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety.
- Safe and secure
A briefing about supporting children and young people who have been sexually abused.
- Happiness Counts
A briefing about how investing in the wellbeing of children brings benefits to all.
- Stuck in the Middle
This report highlights the problems that vulnerable six to 13 year olds encounter, and calls on governments to help these young people by embracing our calls for change
Information about our Youthbuild programme in Scotland that offers training and support for socially excluded young people who find it difficult to gain employment.
- Youth services: Scotland
A briefing on what we want to see happen for young people in Scotland, based on our experience of working with vulnerable children and young people.
- Looked after children: Scotland
A briefing on what we want to see happen for looked-after and accommodated children and young people in Scotland, based on our experience of working with vulnerable children and young people.
- Family support: Scotland
A briefing on what we want to see happen for supporting families in Scotland, based on our experience of working with the most vulnerable children and young people.
- Action for Children's short breaks services for disabled children
This briefing paper looks at Action for Children's short break services for disabled children, young people and their families. It describes the importance of responsive, flexible, high-quality services and contains a number of case studies outlining the benefits of short breaks to the disabled child, their family and society.
- Supporting families - children on the edge of care
Action for Children is committed to developing and delivering preventative services that allow children and young people to live safely within their own home. Our crisis intervention services, aimed at helping families with children at risk of entering the care system, have been judged a successful way to improve outcomes for children and young people, reducing admissions into care and building on families' strengths and coping techniques.
- Emotional wellbeing and social mobility - a new urgency to the debate
Initial research for Action for Children shows that emotional wellbeing became 4.5 times more important as a factor determining social mobility for people born in 1970 compared to those born in 1958. Every indicator suggests it will be even more important for children born now.
- Early years services and emotional wellbeing - what parents want
Based on a report written for Action for Children by Brand Democracy, this briefing highlights some of the key issues to emerge from independent focus groups run with parents who have young children, and is supported by the results of a UK-wide survey of the general public. The briefing notes the importance parents place on emotional wellbeing in their children, and support for early years services like Sure Start Centres. The briefing also points to the need for a new language that connects with parents and the very real debate over the role of the state in bringing up children.
- 10 steps to Growing Strong in Scotland
A publication about how to make sure children in Scotland have the social skills, self-esteem and resilience to succeed in life - part of our Growing Strong campaign.