We help decision-makers think about the needs of children and young people. Search our reports for research and recommendations on the important issues
Breaking through the barriers
Our latest report highlights how we can build better systems to overcome barriers to work and opportunity, guarantee security, and uphold dignity.
School refusal: Insights from Parent Talk
Our latest report finds out what parents and carers are struggling with in relation to school refusal and anxiety
A cost of children crisis?
New Action for Children analysis shows that by almost every financial measure families with children are among the hardest hit by the cost-of-living crisis
The well worn path
New analysis from a coalition of leading children’s charities shows years of funding cuts have left council budgets buckling under soaring Children’s Social Care costs
The Educational Outcomes of Children Referred to Children's Social Care
The latest report in our Revolving Door series reveals wide school attainment gaps for children with a social care referral
The cost of delaying reform to children's social care
One year on from the Care Review, new analysis reveals that the cost of children’s social care is rising due to government delays in implementing reforms across England.
Our response to the government's 'Stable Homes, Built on Love' consultation
We welcome the actions the government is taking to support vulnerable children, but greater investment will be needed to turn the system around.
All worked out? The limits of work as a route out of poverty and hardship
Our latest report reveals that work does not necessarily provide a route out of poverty and hardship for many families
Let's talk about it: Insights from Parent Talk
New research using data from our Parent Talk service reveals huge demand for support with special educational needs and disabilities
Parenting services under pressure
Our new research finds inequalities in access to parenting support services between regions, and between demographic groups, across England
Stopping the spiral
Analysis from a coalition of leading children’s charities reveals deep cuts to early intervention children’s services, while the number of children entering care continues to rise
Families in financial crisis: Insights from our Crisis Fund
As the cost-of-living crisis deepens, Action for Children takes a look at the impact of its Crisis Fund since the £20-a-week cut to Universal Credit
The future of care: A young person's vision
As the Care Review releases its final report, we want to make sure that the opinions and experiences of children in care shape changes to the system
Report: Brighter future ahead?
Landmark study finds that most parents and grandparents across the UK think childhoods are getting worse – and a third of children agree
Early help is a critical public service
Early help services can prevent children from coming to harm and needing to go into care. But not enough early help is happening
Our response to the Care Review’s ‘Call for Ideas’
The Care Review should be the starting pistol for a new era of children’s social care
Parenting through the pandemic
Too many parents struggle to access parenting support. We think that should change
Barriers to accessing early years services for children
Far too many families struggle to access early years services. We’re calling for the government to change this
Importance of the £20 a week Universal Credit increase
Latest research from Action for Children and Child Poverty Action Group reveals the importance of the £20 increase to Universal Credit for families after years of cuts to social security