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Helping more than 300,000 children, young people and families every year across the UK there's a lot going on at Action for Children. So stay up to date with what's happening nationally and in your community.

What everyone else did this year

It’s the end of the year, so we decided we needed the obligatory blog post bigging ourselves up for everything we’ve done in 2013. I’m always up for a bit of navel-gazing but after a bit of a brainstorm we realised that we couldn’t have done anything this year without the help of others. So we’re going to big them up instead.

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A dummies guide to helping children

Posted by James Blair /

Tuesday 17 December 2013 / The Red Book, Early intervention

Our boss, Dame Clare Tickell is leaving this week. In her final Huffington Post blog post she points out that there must be a stronger, more consistent emphasis on early intervention services. We agree and here's why.

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The real lives behind our Chance to Stay - Cyfle i Aros campaign

Posted by Rhea Stevens /

Thursday 12 December 2013 / Chance to stay, Children in care
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Last week we launched our new campaign to ask the Welsh Government to make sure young people in foster care can stay until they are at least 21. Here are some of the stories of young people, care leavers and foster carers, and why this seemingly simple change matters so much to them.

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Is early intervention a pipe dream?

Posted by Meg Munn MP /

Wednesday 11 December 2013 / Early intervention, Children's centres, The Red Book
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Meg Munn MP discusses the future for early intervention and the shift in the threshold for help, recently identified by the social work journal Community Care.

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Is enough being done to protect children’s rights in the UK?

Posted by Guest blogger /

Tuesday 10 December 2013 / Children's rights
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Guest post from Paola Uccellari, Director of Children's Rights Alliance England. More than 20 years ago, when the UK signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, it agreed to make sure children enjoy their rights. Today is Human Rights Day and is a good time for us to think about whether this has happened in practice.

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