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Together we have the power to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people. Because every child should grow up safe and happy

With the help of our supporters, we’ve won major changes to laws affecting children’s rights. We’ve seen what people power can do.

But we need to keep fighting. Our frontline services are seeing more children at risk of harm, rising mental health concerns, and an increase in child poverty. This isn’t just bad luck. It’s because of a system that continues to fail children. Young people are in crisis, yet vital support services are being cut.

In just a few minutes you can help us make a difference. Sign a petition, speak with your MP or share our campaigns with friends and family. When you do, you’re helping make sure that every child gets the best start in life.

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Changing lives for children and young people

Our campaigns have changed lives. In England and Wales, sustained emotional abuse against children is now a crime. In Wales, young people can choose to stay in foster care for longer. And UK law will soon recognise children affected by domestic abuse as victims in their own right.

More children are now protected because of these changes to laws and policies. But we need your help to keep doing this work.

More about Action for Children

We protect and support children and young people. We make sure their voices are heard. And we campaign to bring lasting improvements to their lives.

Today, we run 512 services in local communities across the UK, in schools and online.

In our nurseries and children's centres, staff make sure children get the best start in life. Our foster, adoptive and modern residential services find children and young people safe and loving homes.

We step in to protect children from neglect and abuse and help those who care for others. We're also here for parents, through projects like Parent Talk, our online support service.

We’ve been helping children for more than 150 years. In 2020/21, we helped 604,885 children, young people and families. This was only possible with your support.

  • We’ve helped more than 10,000 children and families during the coronavirus pandemic through frontline services. We've kept 99% of our local services open.
  • We've provided more than 34,000 hours of mental health support in the past three years. 74% of young people on our Blues Programme had improved mental health once they completed it.
  • We helped more than 86,000 children and families in our children’s centres in 2019/20.
  • We've supported more than 400,000 parents since 2018 through our online parenting advice service.