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Join us, take a stand, and raise your voice for better and brighter childhoods

Right now, we’re seeing a system that continues to fail children.

Our frontline services see more children at risk of harm, rising numbers of children taken into care, and an increase in child poverty. This isn’t just bad luck. Young people are in crisis, yet vital support services are being cut.

We won’t stop fighting until every child grows up safe and happy.

But alone, our voice isn’t enough. Change is only possible with supporters like you behind us. Sign a petition, contact your MP, or share our campaigns with friends and family. When you do, you’re joining a movement improving the lives of children in the UK.

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General Election 2024

The UK could be the best place in the world to grow up. We’re calling for the next government make children's lives safer, happier and healthier.

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Child poverty

The government can no longer remain blind to the 4.3 million children living in poverty. We're calling on them to act now and give every child a fair start in life.

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Children's social care

Families facing problems and children in care deserve quality support to help them thrive. We’re calling for a system reset.

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Making childhood a national priority

The UK could be the best place in the world to grow up. But right now, it isn’t. Too many children are facing huge challenges – and their voices are going unheard.

That’s why we’ve come together with Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society, the National Children’s Bureau and NSPCC.

We want to make sure the next government has a plan to put Children at the Table. We took 27 young people to Parliament in January to launch the campaign.

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The difference we've made

Our campaigners have acted to change lives. More children are now protected because of these changes to laws and policies. Here’s what we’ve achieved with your support.

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 426 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 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 2022/23, we helped 765,905 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 kept 99% of our local services open.
  • We've supported 88,689 children and young people with their mental health in in 2022/23. 71% of young people on our Blues Programme had indicated an increase in their self-esteem once they completed it.
  • We helped more than 101,488 children and families through our children’s centres, early help, and family hubs in 2022/23.
  • We've supported 652,357 parents in 2022/23 through our online parenting advice service.