Policy work and research
We speak up for children and make sure their voices are heard
We amplify the voices of children and young people, and work to bring lasting change to their lives. We do this by carrying out research, working with politicians, and running public campaigns.
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Cuts to key services are leaving vulnerable families and children without support, building on a decade of funding cuts and under-investment. We’re calling on the government to act.
Universal Credit is a token gesture. They say it helps us get back into work, but you know, the structure is not there. I feel like single-parent families who are on low income, we've just been shoved aside. I feel like I can't fulfil my full potential as an adult, but also as a parent.Brighter Future Ahead, 2022
Find out how many children live in poverty in your area
We're producing research and pressing for change in three areas:
A fairer social security system: 1 in 3 children in the UK are growing up in poverty. This isn’t right. The government have the tools to lift children out of poverty. They can do this by increasing benefit levels to cover the essentials, removing harmful benefit rules like the two-child limit, and addressing barriers that prevent parents from working.
Help us tackle child poverty
Help for families when they need it: Families need support before problems spiral out of control. This keeps families together to provide a loving home for children. Early help spending has been cut in half since 2010, and we’re seeing more children removed from their families into care.
Early help for children and families
A more supportive care system: Children and young people in care have traumatic histories and other kinds of complex needs. High-quality care and support can help them to thrive. When they leave care, continuity of support can help them make the tricky transition to adulthood, helping them to go on to lead fulfilling lives.
Children's social care
Action for Children have launched a new review of child criminal exploitation, chaired by Professor Alexis Jay OBE. The aim of the review is to better understand how exploitation happens, how services respond to it and what support is available to young people who have been victims of exploitation.
Our reports will help you to drive change for children and families
We also join forces with our supporters to drive change. Our petitions have helped change laws around the UK to improve the lives of children and young people. Visit our campaigns section to see why our campaigns matter, read about our successes, or add your name.
Abolishing the Benefit Cap and raising the Child Element by £15 a week would take nearly 320,000 children out of poverty. At £4 billion a year, it is a bold yet realistic reform that is eminently affordableAll Worked Out 2023
We also write regular blogs on the latest news in government policy and the impacts on children and young people. Visit our blogs section to see the latest.
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