What we do

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“Without Action for Children, I don’t know where I’d be. Me and my children would have been homeless. But my support worker, she helped us in so many ways. I am so grateful.”

Our vision is that every child and young person in the UK has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive. We do this by working closely with children and their families, from before they’re born until their twenties. 

Our work is split into three main areas:

Best start in life

We know how important the early years are - and we’re here to help. From parenting advice to education and early intervention, we focus on improving children’s life chances.

Good mental health

Everyone has ups and downs in life. Our mental and emotional well-being experts work with families and schools to make sure children and parents feel able to cope with challenges when they arise.

A safe and loving home

We make sure more children feel part of a family that cares for them. We find homes for those without, protect children who have been abused or neglected, and help ensure young carers don’t miss out on a childhood.

Our work changes lives

We’ve been doing this for over 150 years. In that time, we’ve seen a lot of hardship - but we’ve also seen what a huge difference the right support can make. Last year, we helped more than 368,648 children and their families in the UK.


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£3 regular

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

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£5 regular

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

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£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.

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£50 single

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

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Last year we helped 368,648 children, young people and families in the UK.

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