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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Donate to help protect and support the most vulnerable UK children

£5 regular

£5 a month could help provide support to a family facing crisis from an experienced Family Support worker

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£15 regular

£15 could pay for books and toys to help a child learn

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£25 regular

£25 a month could pay for gas and electricity for a family for a week

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£10 single

£10 could pay for a day’s food for a child

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£25 single

£25 could pay for a new pair of shoes for a child

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£50 single

£50 could go towards paying for a bed for a child

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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

Fewer and farther between: health checks for babies and toddlers

Posted by
Thursday, August 13, 2020

Almost two thirds of children in some areas do not receive crucial mandatory health visitor checks

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A mini—Budget for children

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Action for Children's director of policy, Imran Hussain, responds to the Chancellor's mini-budget.

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Domestic Abuse Bill: Children no longer the ‘invisible victims’

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The government will amend the Domestic Abuse Bill to recognise children as victims in their own right.

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‘However challenging it is now, it won’t be nearly as challenging as when we start recovering’. The impact of Coronavirus on early help for children, young people, and families.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

We are calling on the government to urgently respond to the crisis, and prioritise support that helps children early.

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