Our impact


“My daddy used to work in a shop, but then all the shops closed because of the virus.”

Even before the coronavirus pandemic low-income families were struggling to make ends meet and over four million children were living in poverty. Now, many have lost their jobs or seen their income fall significantly. Families have been pushed deeper into crisis.


We’ve been a vital lifeline for these families – and supported over 10,000 children. Our frontline staff kept 99% of our services open during lockdown. And helped parents pay for everyday essentials.

But with a deep recession on the horizon, we know more has to be done, right now, to support children and families in crisisWe’re worried that more vulnerable children and families will be pushed further into financial hardship

Learn more and find out how to help

We work to change the lives of vulnerable children in the UK. We’ve been doing this for over 150 years.

We’ve learnt a lot in this time - gathering experience and expertise that we use every day in 503 local services across the UK, in schools and online. We make a real difference by doing what’s proven to work, and by coming up with new solutions. Last year, we reached 368,648 children, young people and families in the UK.

In our nurseries and children’s centres, our expert staff make sure children get the best start in life. Our foster, adoption and modern residential services find children a loving home. We protect those who have been abused or neglected, and help children who care for others or find themselves homeless. Projects like the Blues Programme give young people the tools to look after their mental and emotional wellbeing.

We make an impact in so many ways. Here’s some of the ways we helped children, young people and families last year:  



The number of children we supported through nurseries, out-of-school clubs, children’s centres, family centres and playgroups. That’s parenting programmes, ante-natal support and breastfeeding advice; drop-in groups. Plus specialised help to address or prevent problems that may arise in the first years of a child’s life.  

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The number of children and young people we helped to find a stable and loving home. We’ve protected them from domestic violence, self-harm and suicide; built warm and supportive relationships with parents and carers; and helped them develop social skills and friendships. We’ve kept families together, or made sure children are cared for through fostering and adoption.




The number of children we’ve helped to improve their mental health in 2017/18. We’ve given support to young people who care for a family member, helped build practical life skills and friendships, turned around the lives of those who have committed a crime. Seventy-seven per cent of young people who took part in our Blues Programme showed an improvement in their mental health and wellbeing.


£5 regular

£5 a month could pay for a case worker’s time to help a child in crisis.

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£10 regular

£10 a month could pay for emergency overnight accommodation for a homeless child.

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£15 regular

£15 a month could keep a specialist project open for children in urgent need.

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£10 single

£10 could pay for breakfast and lunch for a child for a week.

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£25 single

£25 could buy an emergency pack (toiletries and clothes) for a child fleeing domestic abuse.

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£50 single

£50 could pay for a one-to-one counselling session for a vulnerable young person.

Donate £50