For every £1 we spend, 87p helps children and families

Can you imagine not being able to eat, sleep or leave the house because you are scared?

It is heartbreaking to know there are nearly 80,000 little boys and girls across the UK, who are experiencing that.

Growing up in a home with domestic abuse is terrifying and it has a devastating impact on a child’s life. It affects how a child feels, thinks, and behaves.

Some children have experienced really significant events in their household where there has been physical violence. And other children they may not have remembered anything but their body carries some of that trauma.

Action For Children Counsellor

These things don’t just stop children’s stars from shining right now – they can have a lifelong impact. Because it’s hard to grow, learn and fulfil your potential when you’re hungry or cold, scared or alone.

Action for Children support workers are on the ground providing support to families fleeing abuse with essentials and helping children to overcome abuse.

With your help we could make sure children grow up safe and have a loving place to call home.

Your support is vital to give them the brighter future they deserve.

£25 a month could provide an hour of one-to-one counselling for a child.

*We have used actors and anonymised our counsellor to protect their identities.

Supporting vulnerable children is more important than ever. Let’s make today the day that children’s stars start shining again. And give them the brighter future they deserve.

There's a star in every child. Help them shine.

More about our work

We protect and support children and young people. We do this by providing practical and emotional care and support. 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 or are at risk of homelessness. Innovative projects like The Blues Programme give young people the help they need to look after their mental health.

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.

  • Since 1869 we’ve helped more than two million children and young people.
  • 189,000: the number of people reached with mental health support in 2020/21.
  • 361,000: the number of people reached by our online parenting advice service, Parent Talk, in 2020/21.

Your donations help us to support vulnerable children, young people and their families in the UK.

87p of every £1* we spend goes directly towards helping children, young people and their families. Your support is so important right now because levels of financial hardship, abuse and neglect have been rising. We’ve seen a huge surge in demand for our services. Your donations help us to run these essential services, which give vulnerable children and families a vital lifeline.

We make sure that every penny you donate goes where it will have the greatest impact on children’s lives.

Most of the donations we receive from our campaigns are unrestricted. This means they’re not spent on one project or one specific area of the UK, but where the need is greatest. We wouldn’t be able to operate as a charity without this type of income. Unrestricted funds help us reach the children and young people who need us most. Funds raised from this appeal will be unrestricted and used by Action for Children for its general charitable purposes. Please see the Our Work and Impact for examples of the work we do to help children and young people and their families.

* Figure based on audited 2020/21 charity accounts that exclude subsidiary companies like commercial nurseries.

Donating a small amount every month by direct debit helps us give vulnerable children the stability they need. Our regular supporters help us carry out long-term work and keep vital projects running.

For every £1 we spend, 87p helps children and families