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By joining a campaign, you can make a real difference to the lives of children and young people

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. In recent years, we’ve seen more children at risk of harm. Mental health concerns are on the up. And one in three children in the UK now live in poverty. Young people are in crisis, yet vital support services are being cut.

You can help us make a difference.

Ask the government to End Childhood Crisis

Millions of families were struggling before the pandemic. With a deep recession on the horizon, we know more has to be done – right now.

40% of families told us they've been struggling to feed their children during the pandemic.

Hardship is devastating on young people. Just ask the four million children living in poverty in the UK. It’s painful and isolating, and the effects last a lifetime.

We’re asking the government to offer financial support to stop poverty hurting young people. Please get involved. Together, we can give more children the safe and happy childhood they deserve.

Protect children from domestic abuse

Growing up in a house with domestic violence can be very upsetting for a child. In fact, it can affect them for the rest of their lives.

We’ve already won an important right for these children, but this is only the first step. Support for child victims of domestic abuse isn’t quite up to scratch. With your help, we can change that.

We want politicians to take action so children aren’t left to cope in silence. Help us make sure children are not the forgotten victims.

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Save the UK’s children’s centres


Children’s centres offer support to families in need. They help with housing, mental health and money. But many of these centres are now closing because of funding problems.

We’re asking the Education Secretary to take urgent action to save children’s centres. Can you add your name to our petition?

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Why campaign with us?

Our campaigns have changed lives. Here’s how:

  • 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.
  • UK law will soon recognise children affected by domestic abuse as victims in their own right. This means more young people will get support to cope.

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 503 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 2019/20, we helped 368,648 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.