Our annual report

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

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In 2017/18 we helped over 301,000 children, young people and families.

In 2017/18, we had 552 services, including digital support services, available across the UK. During that time, our 7,000 staff and volunteers helped over 301,000 children, young people and families. Sadly, due to crippling government funding cuts, local authorities have been forced to close some Action for Children services which offered parenting support and advice early, to prevent family problems from spiraling out of control. We know these services are still desperately needed, so we are finding innovative ways to instead provide this support online.

In today’s uncertain political situation we keep children’s needs high on the political agenda, ensuring their interests are protected. Our policy and influencing work works to create political change that improves the lives of all disadvantaged children.


Safe and happy childhood

Our 2017/18 report tracks our progress against our objectives for our five-year strategy and looks at the impact our services have made. It still focuses on three things – doing what’s right, doing what’s needed and doing what works for children.

We developed these aims in conjunction with children and young people, and they resonate strongly with our supporters, staff and volunteers.  Our strategy is firmly based on children’s needs - what they need to grow and develop, what they need from people who look after them, and what they need from the wider world.

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How to help

There are so many ways you can get involved in our work and help us to help even more children and young people.

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