Action for Children is deeply sorry for its role in past migration abroad of children some of whom were sexually abused when being migrated or after migration to Australia. IICSA’s 2018 report summarised the concerns over the role of the NCH and we issued our apology and response in 2018 as below

Read AfC Public Apology

Read IICSA Report

Recent Correspondence from IICSA

We have now further updated IICSA of the on-going actions taken to ensure that we deal effectively with the needs of former migrants who were abused and who make contact with the organisation set out in correspondence below

Recent correspondence from IICSA

Read updated response to IICSA


If you were formerly in the care of Action for Children, formally known as National Children’s Home (NCH) and would like to discuss a safeguarding concern, please contact a member of our Safeguarding team who can offer you information, advice and support.

Contact us

If you were sent to Canada or Australia by Action for Children (previously known as NCH or National Children’s Home) through the Child Migration schemes, we may hold records for you.

To apply for records complete our Access to Records form, then send it along with the required identification documents:

  • by email to:
  • by recorded delivery to:

    Action for Children
    Access to Records Service
    231 Camberwell New Road
    SE5 0TH