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Right now, we’re seeing a system that continues to fail children. Our frontline services see more children at risk of harm, rising mental health concerns 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, speak with 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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Child poverty

The government can no longer remain blind to the 3.9 million children living in poverty. We're calling on them to act now and stop children suffering.

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Early years

Urgent steps are needed to ensure all parents can easily access high-quality parenting support – from pregnancy until their children start school.

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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.

Why we campaign: Harvey’s story

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Domestic abuse is something no child should have to witness. Yet, until the age of five, this was an everyday reality for Harvey*. Home wasn’t the safe place he needed it to be.

By the time Harvey was 14, he was anxious, sad and angry. Though nine years removed from the abusive situation, he needed help to recover from the pain and trauma of his past.

Action for Children’s Breaking the Cycle service provided Harvey with specialist counselling. But not all children get help like Harvey. The service was launched to fill an unmet need of support for child victims of domestic abuse.

Thanks to our campaigners, this can be different now. The change in law they helped secure will ensure the right support is available to all those affected by domestic abuse.

*Name changed to protect identity

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.