United Kingdom

We've been working with children in the UK since the 1920s. Today, we continue to tackle child poverty here at home through a range of programmes and campaigns. We want to ensure that every child, whatever their background, has the chance to fulfil their potential.



Families and Schools Together - Ahlam at a FAST session Families and Schools Together (FAST)

Families and Schools Together (FAST) is an award-winning programme that supports parents to improve children's learning and development at home, so they can reach their full potential at school.

Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! - Michelle and her childrenEat, Sleep, Learn, Play!

Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! helps children in poverty by providing families on low incomes with household essentials, like a child's bed, a family cooker or educational books and toys. We've helped more than 40,000 children so far.

Born to Read - Alysha reads with SorayaBorn to Read

Our partnership with Beanstalk is giving poorer children in England the reading skills they need for a better future. Born to Read will provide 8,000 more reading helpers for 23,000 pupils in schools in deprived areas across the country.

UK emergencies - flooding affected Bryony and Elsa's homeUK Emergencies

We aim to ensure the needs of children are met before, during and after emergencies in the UK. We also work to increase the resilience of children and families and ensure that their voices are heard.



Read On. Get On

Too many of our poorest children leave primary school unable to read well. This can have dismal consequences for their futures. Read On. Get On. aims to end this scandal by getting everyone - parents, schools, companies and politicians - to play their part in making sure every child in the UK is a confident reader by 11. Find out more about how we're working with partners to get children reading.

Change the Story

In 2013, our UK campaign focused on the fact that in this country opportunities and chances in life can be largely determined by the time a child is seven – not because of their own ability or efforts but because of the economic circumstances they have been born into.

It Shouldn't Happen Here

Launched in 2012, Child Poverty: It Shouldn't Happen Here, was our first public appeal aimed at raising money for UK work. It sparked a national conversation about child poverty in Britain and placed the issue high on the public agenda. It also raised vital funds for our Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! and FAST programmes.


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Last updated: January 2016.