Keeping Children in Safe and Loving Homes

Keeping Children in Safe and Loving Homes

Too many children grow up with their lives overshadowed by abuse and neglect

We are concerned that opportunities to intervene early are being missed for thousands of children at risk of abuse or neglect. Vital family support services for problems like domestic violence provide help that can stop problems spiralling out of control, and prevent the need for statutory services later on. However, years of austerity and budget cuts mean that often, these essential support services are no longer available.


Our work on the ground through our services, policy and research

We support families at risk of neglect through community projects and services. We lobby governments, work collaboratively with stakeholders and commission research. We have heard from than 18,000 children, young people, parents and professionals.

But much more needs to happen. It is time for Government to take a lead and ensure that any child who needs help, gets help.  

"Sometimes no-one believes you. No-one comes to your house to see what's going on. So no-one might know or can tell from the outside."

Chloe, young person

Publications and Resources


Revolving Door

We are concerned that opportunities to intervene early are being missed.

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The Welsh neglect project

We have been working with the NSPCC to tackle child neglect in Wales.

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Child neglect and its relationship to other forms of harm - responding effectively to children’s needs

Action for Children, Research in Practice and the NSPCC have commissioned three evidence scopes.

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Learn more about our work safeguarding children from neglect

Child neglect is the most common form of child abuse in the UK. Our work gives neglected children a future.

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Our successful campaign to update criminal law on neglect

We campaigned to update the law and tackle neglect.

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Download our Resources for professionals

We have worked with the University of Stirling, and other partners, to develop resources for professionals who work with neglected children.

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Read about our work on children and domestic abuse

We're engaging with the government to ensure children are no longer the forgotten victims of domestic violence.

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Policy latest

The 'perfect storm' facing children's services

Posted by Sarah Hynes
Monday, May 18, 2020

Our analysis highlights how available funding for children’s services has fallen £2.2bn since 2010/11.

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Budget 2020: why “levelling up” must start at the bottom

Posted by Sam Reeve
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Attention needs to be paid to the more complex task of supporting disadvantaged children and families.

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Our engagement in Parliament

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Our Policy & Campaigns team at Action for Children have kicked off the year by holding two drop-in events in Parliament.

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Marmot Review: Ten years on

Posted by Imran Hussain
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Director of Policy Imran Hussain reflects on the recent Marmot Review, which found a 'slowdown in life expectancy'.

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