We work on pioneering projects and pilots that allow us to develop better solutions to child neglect and provide us with evidence for our campaigns to influence policy.

Contact our Philanthropy team:

Holly Hastings-Payne, Head of Philanthropy

Action for Children, 10 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5DG

Our objectives are:

  • Added value to our statutory-funded projects – ensuring that we can go further to meet the needs of children and young people that we support such as a sensory room in a disability services 
  • Local innovation in developing local services that respond to specific needs within a community
  • Campaigns drive positive change for children in the UK. To campaign successfully we need voluntary income to ensure we remain independent and flexible enough to challenge government policy. Current campaigns include the disabled children's partnership.
  • Piloting new approaches which are rolled out more widely if successful, these include the Family Partners Programme
"I cannot begin to describe the difference I saw in my son when he began using the sensory room: he becomes a different child; calmer, more focused and engaged - he especially liked the different lights and all the things he could touch and feel."

Parent in our Merryfields Disability Service

Women donating their time, money and expertise to put an end to child neglect.

Women Taking Action is a collective of successful, influential and inspiring women who are taking a collective stand against child neglect, the most widespread form of child abuse in the UK. 

Women Taking Action

William and family
"I think I would have drowned without the support. It meant I got time to bond with my baby daughter, knowing the twins were in a stable environment"

William's Mum

While we receive statutory funding, not all of the work we do can be covered by this income alone.

Private income is a vital part of our financial mix, in particular because it allows us to respond to urgent need, innovate, and develop services that would never see the light of day through local authority funding alone. 

Our giving groups and Women Taking Action group, were devised to appropriately recognise and thank our highest level supporters. We understand that these supporters make a significant investment in our work and we seek to create bespoke and sustainable relationships with all of them.

We offer you 

A dedicated account manager who works closely with you to create a bespoke and reciprocal relationship. The opportunity to tailor support to a programme or project that most interests you.

Project visits to talk to our life-changing frontline staff and meet our children, young people, parents and carers.

Recognition in our Donor Roll on our website and in our Annual Review (should you wish). Annual reports that show the impact of our work through your support, and regular updates from the project.

Bespoke volunteering opportunities with young people ranging from mentoring young people in long term care, to supporting young women entering the workforce.

A range of events where you can meet like-minded people, network and hear from inspirational speakers. The opportunity to meet our Senior Leadership Team and attend intimate update briefings to hear about the latest developments at Action for Children.

Individual giving is more important than ever

As government funding changes in response to current economic conditions and to what will receive the best results in the short term, longer-term preventative measures suffer.

At a time when society’s most disadvantaged groups battle with a multitude of issues, the importance for individual giving to make a difference has never been greater. Without addressing these issues and taking action now, these problems will escalate and continue putting a high cost on society and the economy.