Our impact

“I didn’t want to live any more. When I became involved in Action for Children, I had this group of people who just opened their arms and helped me. They’re the reason I’m the person I am now. Action for Children can give you hope and give you happiness, and that’s a great thing.” Angharad 

Right now, Action for Children is helping the most vulnerable families across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.

Before coronavirus hit, there were over 4 million children in the UK locked in poverty. Now vulnerable families in all of our communities have reached breaking point, and Action for Children is doing all it can to help.

We are supporting families to cover the cost of basic essentials, like food, nappies, cleaning products and gas and electricity.

Learn more and find out how to help.

We work to change the lives of vulnerable children in the UK. We’ve been doing this for 150 years.

We’ve learnt a lot in this time - gathering experience and expertise that we use every day in more than 475 local services, in schools, and online. We make a real difference by doing what’s proven to work, and by coming up with new solutions. Last year, we reached 387,000 children, young people and families in the UK.

In our nurseries and children’s centres, our expert staff make sure children get the best start in life. Our foster, adoption and modern residential services find children a loving home. We protect those who have been abused or neglected, and help children who care for others or find themselves homeless. Projects like the Blues Programme give young people the tools to look after their mental and emotional wellbeing.

We make an impact in so many ways. Here’s some of the ways we helped children, young people and families last year:  



The number of children we supported through nurseries, out-of-school clubs, children’s centres, family centres and playgroups. That’s parenting programmes, ante-natal support and breastfeeding advice; drop-in groups. Plus specialised help to address or prevent problems that may arise in the first years of a child’s life.  

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The number of children and young people we helped to find a stable and loving home. We’ve protected them from domestic violence, self-harm and suicide; built warm and supportive relationships with parents and carers; and helped them develop social skills and friendships. We’ve kept families together, or made sure children are cared for through fostering and adoption.




The number of children we’ve helped to improve their mental health in 2017/18. We’ve given support to young people who care for a family member, helped build practical life skills and friendships, turned around the lives of those who have committed a crime. Seventy-seven per cent of young people who took part in our Blues Programme showed an improvement in their mental health and wellbeing.


£5 regular

£5 a month could pay for a case worker’s time to help a child in crisis.

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£10 regular

£10 a month could pay for emergency overnight accommodation for a homeless child.

Donate £10
£15 regular

£15 a month could keep a specialist project open for children in urgent need.

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£10 single

£10 could pay for breakfast and lunch for a child for a week.

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£25 single

£25 could buy an emergency pack (toiletries and clothes) for a child fleeing domestic abuse.

Donate £25
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£50 single

£50 could pay for a one-to-one counselling session for a vulnerable young person.

Donate £50