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Helping more than 300,000 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.

Where is emotional child abuse illegal?

Wednesday 15 January 2014 / Children's rights, Emotional neglect, Child neglect, Law

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international human rights treaty giving all children and young people a set of rights. Today is the 22nd anniversary of the treaty coming into force so we're looking at the law on child neglect around the world.

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Paul Goggins MP – a politician from a different mould

Posted by AfC Policy and campaigns /

Wednesday 08 January 2014 / Children in care

Paul Goggins MP passed away today. Matt Downie reflects on his life as a campaigner for vulnerable children.

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Lobbying: “It’s just like two people chatting”

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Wednesday 08 January 2014 / Chance to stay, Children in care
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Guest blogger, Kim Warren, is a young person from Wales who's campaigning to give young people a Chance to Stay in foster care until they’re 21. Here’s what happened when she went to talk to her Assembly Member for Wales to try and get him on-board.

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Scotland have raised the stakes on care leaving

Posted by Kay Steven /

Tuesday 07 January 2014 / Chance to stay, Children in care

Yesterday’s announcement by the Scottish Government was a ground breaking one. They announced that from April 2015, young people in care will have a right to stay until the age of 21. Scotland have trumped England, and the rest of the UK, by extending support for young people in all forms of care – not just foster care – which is why it’s ground breaking.

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New Year, new resolutions – same old problems

Most New Year’s resolutions are bound to be forgotten by the second week of January. Here are five urgent wishes that for some of the children and young people we work with, will go some way to making their lives better.

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