Support for children and families

Children and young people are suffering because they don't get help early enough and current crisis-driven approaches are unsustainable.

We know that tackling problems before families reach crisis point is better for everyone and can save public money, especially at a time when budgets are squeezed. Effective early support services can also help to reduce inequality and break cycles of deprivation.

We're working with other leading children's charities to promote a shift towards early intervention and preventative spending in children's services.

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The challenges facing children’s centres

Posted by Dan Breslin
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Last year Action for Children ran a survey of our children's centres. Here is what we found.

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Progress for poorer children is stalling: we need a bold new vision

Posted by Sam Reeve
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Talk of legal advice and backstops distracts from really important statistics published by the Department for Education.

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Our children face a growing mental health crisis – but early help can stop it in its tracks.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Today’s long-awaited NHS Digital figures reveal the scale of the mental health crisis for children in England.

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