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Helping 387,000 children, young people and families every year across the UK there's a lot going on at Action for Children. So stay up to date with what's happening nationally and in your community.

Young service users visit the Scottish Parliament

Posted by Kay Steven /

Wednesday 30 July 2014 / Participation
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There are only 50 days to go until Scotland votes on independence and for the first time the voting age has been extended to include 16 and 17 year olds. So we took a group of service users along to the Scottish Parliament to find out more about how Parliament works.

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Young people in Wales help shape new law

Posted by Rhea Stevens /

Friday 25 July 2014 / Early intervention, Financial education
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Young people in Wales helped shape a new law which has just been proposed in the National Assembly for Wales. If it becomes a law, the Financial Education and Inclusion (Wales) Bill would make sure that young people who leave care have the skills they need to understand and manage their money when they live independently.

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Changing childcare for disabled children

Posted by Guest blogger /

Thursday 17 July 2014 / Children in care

Childcare for disabled children needs to change. Nikki Simpson and myself (Sam Beadle) attended the launch of the Parliamentary Inquiry into childcare for disabled children at the House Of Commons to hear how.

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Our birthday present for practitioners: our new Keeping myself safe resource

As we celebrate our 145th birthday, we have launched a new toolkit for practitioners working with young people in residential care. ‘Keeping Myself Safe’ looks at the skills needed to develop effective relationships with young people which will enable them to build resilience and manage risk in their lives.

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"No one was listening to me"

Posted by Rhea Stevens /

Monday 23 June 2014 / Early intervention, Inequality

“I felt like one of those statistics you hear about on the news. No one was listening to me” This was a comment by one of the young people we work with who spoke to Assembly Members a few weeks ago about their experience of mental health services in Wales. This young person explained that before getting the help she needed, she was scared and had no one to talk to.

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