Action for Children

Government Must Act Now to Improve Our Children's Future

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Millions of children face a bleak future, neglected, homeless and living in poverty because help isn't getting to them and their families soon enough. Spending time and money on preventing a problem early on can avoid greater cost, effort and future harm.

Our Country's Children Need You

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Widespread sibling separation is actually happening on our doorsteps. That is why I am asking you to help us build a team of willing and dedicated foster carers who can open up their homes to brothers and sisters and help us to sustain the most important relationships children can have.

Child Protection: Listening to Children and Professionals

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Every day, we work with vulnerable children, many of whom have experienced or are at risk of child sexual exploitation. This horrific abuse has affected a number of children supported by our services, whether related to risks to those in residential or foster care, or to young parents receiving our help. Awareness must be raised and professionals, children, and their carers must be educated about the risks around exploitation, as well as ways to guard against it.

Child Neglect Can Be Stopped in Its Tracks: The Right Information Will Help Reach Children Early

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Children who may be suffering or who are at greater risk of neglect, but whose circumstances do not reach an authority's threshold to receive social care support, are less likely to get the help that they need. Instead, their situations can be allowed to deteriorate to become even more desperate or dangerous. It is a tragedy that due to a lack of gathering the right information, children whose lives could be improved are needlessly put at further risk. Child neglect can be stopped in its tracks.

Severely Neglected Children Will No Longer Suffer in Silence

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Emotional neglect is a clearly defined form of child abuse, with studies throughout the world evidencing its detrimental impact. As Robert Buckland recently said in New Humanist magazine, this law change is about tackling 'the systematic terrorising of children by parents who make their lives a living hell'.

Homelessness Can Happen to Anyone's Child

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

If you have children, you may have heard them say they were going to run away from home. Maybe it's a threat you made yourself when you were younger. What if it actually happened though? It may sound like a nightmare but for many families the threat of a child running away becomes reality.

Emotional Abuse Cannot Be Ignored - and Now Children Have the Law on Their Side

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

At Action for Children, we have reached a huge milestone - following our three-year campaign and thanks to the Ministry of Justice, the legal definition of child cruelty will include emotional as well as physical harm. This new law will change lives. I've met children and young people who have suffered intolerable emotional abuse at the hands of people who are supposed to love them most.

The Neglect of Children Is Everyone's Responsibility

Meg Munn | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

Current structures are not well organised to locate children like these, nor provide essential early help. As re-organisation follows re-organisation, and with reduced budgets, the inevitable step is to focus on the most urgent situations.

Child Neglect: The Scandal That Never Breaks

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

One in ten children - more than 1.5million - suffers from neglect. It is the most prevalent form of child abuse and features in 60% of serious case reviews into the death or serious injury of a child... What I find mind-boggling, is the fact that as a nation we have no overarching, strategic plan in place to address the issue.

The Welfare Cap Alone Won't Bring Down Spending

Helen Donohoe | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Helen Donohoe

Whatever the merits of an overall cap on welfare spending and however it is going to work, it's clear that on its own it's not enough. This debate on welfare and poverty is taking the focus from where it is most needed - helping vulnerable children and their families.

Society Is Failing Children Who Are Forced to Leave Care Too Soon

Jacob Tas | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

Today is a momentous day for children in foster care in England. The Government is bringing in a new law that will give young people the chance stay with their foster parents until their 21st birthday, so they aren't forced to leave as early as 16.

Protecting Children Online - Is There a Silver Bullet?

Jacob Tas | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

Discussions about online filters focus on the privacy and civil liberties of adults. In the child protection sector, however, we are not losing sight of the fact that while these optional household filters are far from a silver bullet for keeping children safe online, they certainly help.

We Must Stop the 'Painful Increase' in Need for Donations of Food and Clothing

Jacob Tas | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

On the busiest Christmas shopping day of the year staff at Action for Children are working to support the poorest families across the UK stay warm and fed. This is a sad reflection of the worsening effects of the tough economic times we are in; in previous years we handed out presents during the festive season.

Parents' Problems Hit Children the Hardest in Tough Economic Times

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Dame Clare Tickell

Poverty and parents who struggle always have and always will impact on children profoundly, which is why it's so important these families get the help they need from organisations like ours.

The Autumn Statement: Will Capping Welfare Help Vulnerable Families?

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Clare Tickell

If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.

The Autumn Statement: Will Capping Welfare Help Vulnerable Families?

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Clare Tickell

If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.

We Need to Help Teenagers to Find the Opportunity in Uncertainty

Ken Deeks | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ken Deeks

If your life is a doorway, a backpack and the sodden, dirty clothes you are dressed in, then it can be easy to feel unloved, miserable and devoid of any hope for the future. Last year in the UK, 100,000 young people faced a night on the streets. One in three attempted to commit suicide.

Suspected Child Neglect Cases Rise But Many Feel Powerless To Act

PA | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK

Nine out of 10 teachers, police officers and social workers are regularly coming into contact with children they suspect are suffering from neglect, y...

Much-needed Financial Support for Children Leaving Care

Paul Goggins | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Goggins

Children in care are amongst the most disadvantaged and marginalised young people in the UK - and financial support is vital if care leavers are to have the same chances in life as other young people.

Empowering Children Through Opportunity

Mike Tobin | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Tech
Mike Tobin

I've always been a firm believer in the value of providing children with the opportunity to better themselves. It is an issue that is very close to my heart, having experienced a troubled childhood myself.

My Daily Diet of Epsom Salts, Thin Consommé and Hi-Energy Biscuits at the Mayr Clinic

Ella Krasner | Posted 05.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Ella Krasner

Bliya! (1) - I put on eight pounds while I was in Paris. This is disaster! Arkady and I always take few days' holidays in the sun in April and I can...

The Big Egg Hunt

Kate Bryan | Posted 29.04.2012 | Home
Kate Bryan

From Pancake Day, 200 giant and uniquely crafted Easter eggs have been smuggled into a variety of locations for 'The Fabergè Big Egg Hunt'. The eggs have been strategically placed throughout the capital, each designed by the world's leading artists, architects, designers and jewellers. Each egg therefore represents a unique moment to be discovered.

It's No Yolk: Giant Eggs Go Missing From Charity Easter Hunt

PA | Posted 26.04.2012 | UK

Two giant eggs which went on display as part of a charity Easter egg hunt have gone missing, a charity said today. The Post Box Egg, designed by Be...

Scotland To 'Employ' Babies As 'Teachers' In Schools

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Scotland are to "employ" babies as teachers as part of a programme to reduce bullying and aggression in schools. The initiative, called Roots of Em...