Spending on prevention will save on the cure #Budget2015

In the last Budget before the general election earlier this week, Chancellor George Osborne set out the Government’s spending plans for the next 12 months. Amongst the big headlines focusing on growth forecasts, taxes and pensions there was an announcement which could make a big difference to the support available to some of the children, young people and families that Action for Children works with.

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The quality of residential care services

Posted by Emma Smale /

Tuesday 17 March 2015 / Child neglect, Emotional neglect, Law

For years, Action for Children has been making as much noise as we can about the severe abuse suffered by neglected children.

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Better protection for children is now law

Posted by Shelley Hopkinson /

Friday 06 March 2015 / Child neglect, Law, Emotional neglect

This week something important happened. The Serious Crime Act became law. For the first time in over 80 years the criminal law protecting children in England and Wales will recognise sustained emotional abuse, which causes psychological harm, as a crime.

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MPs of all parties call for early action

A report from an all-party group of MPs takes the latest neurological and psychological research and turns it into socia

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Going in the right direction?

Posted by Sir Tony Hawkhead /

Wednesday 18 February 2015 / Early intervention

With the countdown to the General Election firmly underway, discussing whether early intervention is a political priority is a particularly timely topic.

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Northern Ireland Children's Bill Progress

Posted by Patrick Malone /

Friday 13 February 2015 / Children's rights, Law

A joined up approach to the delivery of services to children and young people in Northern Ireland came a step closer recently with the passing of the Second Stage of a Private Member’s Bill through the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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Serious Crime Bill Update

Action for Children has been campaigning to update the criminal law on child neglect for 5 years, and now we’re in the home stretch.

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Every talk helps - Lewys' thoughts on mental health services in Wales

Posted by Lewys R /

Monday 19 January 2015 / Early intervention, Participation, Professional relationships
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Lewys R is a young person who uses one of Action for Children's emotional health services in Wales. He took part in the National Assembly for Wales inquiry into CAMHS services and recently met the Welsh Government's Health and Social Services Minister. Here he shares his experiences.

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Prioritising emotional and mental health for children in care

Posted by Abigail Gill /

Tuesday 13 January 2015 / Children in care, Care leavers, Early intervention

Our response to a government consultation on promoting the health and welfare of looked-after children last week was an opportunity to highlight the need to prioritise the emotional and mental health of children and young people in care. From our research and direct work with vulnerable young people, we know that this is an area of urgent need.

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Your amazing campaign wins in 2014 – here’s to more in 2015

Posted by AfC Policy and campaigns /

Friday 02 January 2015 / Care leavers, Child neglect, Law

What a year it has been! Together we have made real change happen. In 2014, Action for Children and you, our campaign supporters, achieved a lot.

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