Action for Children

Action for Children's vision is of a world where all children and young people have a sense of belonging and are loved and valued. A world where they can break through injustice and deprivation and fulfil their potential. Our operational mission is to support and speak out for vulnerable children and their families. We challenge injustice and empower children to overcome the barriers that hold them back. We believe in early intervention, supporting families as soon as problems come up.
Jun 24, 2013

Action for Children impact report is published

Impact report 2013

Our annual Impact Report demonstrates the difference that Action for Children services have made to children and young people's lives over the past year.

We know that helping vulnerable children early is vital to improving their outcomes, and we focus on four key areas that make their lives better: safety, health, relationships and achievement. The Report shows that we can evidence the cost-effectiveness of our services, and it also highlights our innovative approach.

For example, Action for Children is leading the way in providing evidence-based programmes, such as Multi Systemic Therapy (MST) for young people on the edge of care. We have also developed our Family Partners service, which intervenes early to tackle neglect.

Key findings for 2012-13 include:

  • In 79% of Family Partners cases the concerns about neglect were addressed and concerns about the child reduced or removed.
  • 86% of our children's centres were rated 'good' or 'outstanding' on their safeguarding of children.
  • In our intensive family support services 89% of children and young people improved and achieved at school.
  • 72% of children and young people involved with our services improved their ability to maintain or form a supportive relationship with significant other(s).
  • We have won contracts to deliver MST services in the first two major children’s social investment projects in Essex. These services will provide positive alternatives to local authority care by improving relationships within birth families and increasing educational attendance and achievement.
  • An independent Social Return on Investment evaluation by Beacon CIC (2012) of one of our children’s centres found a total return of between £7 and £8.50 for every £1 invested.

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Jun 3, 2013

Byte Night 2013 is hoping to raise 1 million!

Byte Night 2012
Byte Night 2012

Byte Night 2013 is hoping to raise £1 million!

Over 1,500 sleepers from the IT and business communities will join Byte Night on Friday 4th October 2013 and “sleep-out” to brave the elements in Belfast, Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Manchester, Scotland and Thames Valley to help us reach our largest ever fundraising target of over £1 million across the UK. Since Byte Night began 16 years ago, we have now managed to raise an amazing £5.2 million and are hoping to break the £6 million mark this year.

 Last year over 20 people from Dell slept out in London, Reading and Edinburgh to raise over £12,000, generously donated by hundreds of people sponsoring them, so thank you for your continued support to help vulnerable children and young people across the UK at risk of youth homelessness.

 Byte Night is the IT industry's annual sleep out in support of Action for Children and for over 16 years IT professionals have been changing young people's lives. Each year over a thousand individuals and teams from across the technology and business community spend a night exposed to the elements in a bid to raise sponsorship and awareness of Action for Children's work to help prevent youth homelessness. Action for Children helps to prevent youth homelessness through early intervention by ensuring that young people across the UK are given the support they need before it's too late.  Thanks to you Action for Children has helped thousands more young people at risk of homelessness to build better lives by providing essential support, accommodation, education and training.

 Many thanks for your support and for more information please visit www.bytenight.org.uk

Byte Night 2012
Byte Night 2012
Byte Night 2012
Byte Night 2012
Byte Night 2012
Byte Night 2012

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May 24, 2013

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is coming!

Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is a 100-mile cycling event described as the 'London Marathon on Wheels'.

Taking place on Sunday, August 4, the event will start in the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follow a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. With leg-testing climbs and a route recently made famous by the world’s best cyclists, it will be a truly spectacular event for all involved.

But the distance is not the only challenge. All those taking part must complete the course in nine hours as the elite race, including many of the Olympic greats, will be hot on your wheels.

The line-up includes ex-Arsenal and England striker Alan Smith; double Olympic rowing gold medallist James Cracknell; Olympic gold medal hurdler Sally Gunnell, OBE and Grand National-winning jockey Marcus Armytage.

So far we have nine Dell colleagues who are taking part and raising money for Action for Children, and we wish you all the best of luck!

  • Carolyn Bell
  • Chris Saunders
  • Chris Johnson
  • Colin Campbell
  • Gordon Bowes
  • Greg Nottage
  • Jamie McRobb
  • Mark Andrews
  • Paul Elcock

We have a few places left in our RideLondon-Surrey 100 team, so make sure you get in touh today if you would like to join our team. All you have to do is email: challenge@actionforchildren.org.uk and ask to be part of this amazing event.

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