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

Support for child victims of domestic abuse: patchy, piecemeal and precarious

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

There are on average 692 cases a day of children assessed by social services to be at risk of domestic violence.

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Thirty years later, is it time to revisit the guiding principles of the Children Act?

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Children’s views and wishes must now be taken into account in any decision.

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How the Queen’s Speech can still work for vulnerable children

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

With the Domestic Abuse Bill passing its Second Reading, there's a chance to improve the lives of vulnerable children.

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Children are heading for a decade of crisis, not 'renewal'

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Chancellor says his Spending Round will “turn the page on austerity” - but it's difficult to see the evidence

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