Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

Action for Children is proud to be the partner of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness for children and families.  

We work with over 370,000 children, young people, parents and carers across the UK, and we know how loneliness can impact on lives – from a toddler who seldom meets people because of her mother’s anxiety, to young carers with no time to make friends with people their own age. 

More than half of parents

With more than half of parents telling us that loneliness is a problem and the children and young people we support agreeing that they are also lonely, we’ve teamed up with the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness to make sure for those that are feeling cut off or on the side-lines, know they are not alone.  

But it’s not just parents. Children and young people across the country also experience loneliness. Many are growing up in care, are disabled, are a parent themselves or are supporting their mums and dads with health issues, all which can have a huge part to play in loneliness. Our services provide support to help children, young people and parents overcome loneliness and isolation in their lives. 

As well as raising awareness of the issue through our report 'It starts with hello', we've provided some resources to help combat loneliness. Use the options below to find out more.

Hello is one of the simplest and most powerful words in the English dictionary, it’s the start of a connection and the start of new journey. For the month of November, we’re encouraging everyone to pluck up the courage to start a conversation with a neighbour, parent at the school gates, or even a family member who may be feeling lonely.

So Hello, let’s start a conversation and help combat loneliness. 

jo cox
"Young or old, loneliness doesn't is something many of us could easily help with."

Jo Cox MP,
Loneliness - parents


Parenting is hard, it’s one of the hardest jobs in the world but we think it’s the best job in the world. With half of parents feel lonely due to low self-confidence we are here to help. If you are a stay and home mum or dad, or you’re a single parent, feeling like there’s nowhere to turn, whatever your circumstance we’re listening, we’re nearby and we want to say hello.

We’ve also got some top tips to help your child if you're worried about them being lonely, 'Chat and Play' local events around the UK to get parents talking and we’ve teamed up with Mumsnet to help.

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Loneliness - young people

Children and Young People

Children and young people across the country experience loneliness due to what’s going on at home –for some growing up in care, being disabled, being a parent themselves or supporting their mums and dads with their health issues can have a huge part to play in loneliness.

Read our people's stories and use our tips to help spot loneliness in children and young people.

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Help for Professionals

If you work with parents and children you can help us to spot the signs of loneliness. We’ve created a free downloadable toolkit that helps understand how loneliness can affect parents and children. 

Download our toolkit

People stories

Read more about how loneliness has affected the lives of some of the people we've helped.


After a difficult birth, Camilla had to spend a long time in hospital and started to experience severe loneliness.

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Growing up in a home filled with violence, Charlie couldn't speak to anyone.

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Arainn spent his childhood feeling he didn't fit anywhere and that no one cared. He became homeless at 21.

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The end of Craig’s marriage meant he could only see his son for two hours a week – loneliness quickly set in.

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