Our work in the United Kingdom

Save the Children started in Britain in 1919 and started working with children here soon after. Today we continue, through our UK programmes and campaigning, to tackle child poverty here at home, so children, whatever their background, have the chance to fulfil their potential.

OUR UK PROGRAMMES

Families and Schools Together (FAST)

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

Eat, Sleep, Learn and Play!

Eat, Sleep, Learn and 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 30,000 families so far. With your support, we plan to help many more.

Born to Read

Our partnership with Beanstalk is giving poorer children in the UK the reading skills they need for a better future. Over the next months and years Born to Read will provide 7,000 more reading helpers for 23,000 pupils in schools in deprived areas across the country.


UK Emergencies

The UK Emergencies Programme aims to reduce the impact of emergencies on children and young people in Britain. For parents, guardians and other caregivers we have created 10 tips to help children cope in emergencies.  For more information about our emotional resilience recovery programme read our Journey of Hope factsheet.

 

OUR UK CAMPAIGNS

Read On. Get On

Too many of our poorest children leave primary school without reading well with dismal consequences for their futures. Read On. Get On. aims to end this scandal by getting everyone - parents, companies, schools and politicians - to play their part in making sure every child in the UK is a confident reader by 11.

Change the Story

In 2013 our campaign focused on the fact that in Britain opportunities and chances in life can be largely determined by the time you’re seven – not because of your own ability or efforts but because of the economic circumstances you are 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's agenda. It also raised vital funds for our Eat Sleep and Play! and FAST programmes.

 

Our work in:

Scotland | Wales | Northern Ireland