What we do

How Action for Children works

From before they are born until they are into their twenties, we help disadvantaged children across the UK.

We help them through fostering or adoption – and by intervening early to stop neglect and abuse. We make life better for children with disabilities. We influence policy and advocate for change. Our 7,000 staff and volunteers operate over 522 services, improving the lives of 301,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year. We succeed by doing what’s right, doing what’s needed, and doing what works for children.

About us



We always demonstrate what we do, and show how it works.

From our origins running children's homes, our work has spanned three centuries, developing services for children that are proven to work. We work in partnership with other charities, local authorities and health services, and are supported by a team of experts and specialists. Evidence drives everything we do.

Our impact


We influence policy and advocate for change.

Speaking out fearlessly to make sure all children have the best start in life. To do this we are pressing for change on three key priorities:

  • Support for children and families
  • A fair deal for young people
  • Tackling child abuse and neglect

Policy and ReseARCH

We provide services for children and young people whose families need support, who can’t live with their birth families, who are are disabled, and who are the most in need. 

We’re the go-to charity for service delivery and one of the largest suppliers of social care services in the UK. You can commission services from us including children’s and family centres, intensive family support, short breaks, employability, fostering and evidence-based programmes.

Services for professionals


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£3 regular

£3 a month could pay for children to have a healthy nutritious dinner.

£5 regular

£5 a month could pay for emergency overnight support for a young person living on the street.

£10 regular

£10 a month could provide a one-to-one play session for a child who has been abused.

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£15 single

£15 could buy puppets to help a child who has been abused express their feelings

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£25 single

£25 could give 15 children a hot, nutritious meal.

£50 single

£50 could keep a project open for an hour for children in urgent need

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Last year we helped 301,000 babies, children and families in the UK.

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