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Our UK Work with Children

Supporting children at home

Every child in the UK has endless possibilities. We help them see that.

What is Child Poverty in the UK?

  • 30% of children in the UK live in poverty
  • 33% of children living in poverty fall behind with their education
  • 23% in England miss expected levels of language development by 5.

How to Help Child Poverty in the UK?

Our work includes:

Help us keep these programmes running


Lexie playing football in the UK

In EnglandNorthern IrelandScotland and Wales, we work to narrow the gap between children in poverty & better-off classmates.

We're uniting families and schools, ensuring the poorest children get help, building positive home environments and campaigning for children's futures.

Our emergency grants programme has reached thousands of homes, delivering early learning packs, supermarket vouchers and household essentials to the most vulnerable families.

We've campaigned for social security support, called for governmental help for families through a difficult winter and worked with Marcus Rashford's team to help hungry children in lockdown.


A timeline graphic of Save the Children's recent work in the UK

How Amelia's beating the circumstances

“Positives out of this whole situation, spending time with my family. Like my daughters, cherishing every moment with them, and making memories." - Vikki

Amelia and her family cherish every moment together. 

“Everything is recorded so that they have something to look back on and think wow, as a family we got through this.” - Vikki, Amelia's mum.

But during the pandemic, things were hard for Amelia and her family. Vikki lost her job, and had to home-school Amelia and her sister Maisie for months.

Thanks to your support, we made it a bit easier.

We helped Vikki get food vouchers and a crafty learning pack, so Maisie and Amelia could be ready to return to school and discover a world of possibilities. 


Read about our work

Supporting families through Covid:
This report sets out what we have learned from our Emergency Response about families' experiences of the pandemic.

Dropped into a cave:
How families with young children experienced lockdown

COVID's Kids: 
The pandemic has been a stark reminder of our vulnerability as individuals, as societies and as a species. 

Lighting up Young Brains: How parents, carers and nurseries support children’s brain development in the first five years
Looks at the science behind young children's brain development and its relationship to children's language development. 

Untapped Potential: How England's nursery lottery is failing too many children
This report shows that more than a quarter of a million children were locked out of high-quality childcare provision in 2015, affecting children from families right across society, in better-off as well as poor areas. But our analysis also provides compelling evidence that children in the poorest areas are most likely to miss out on this crucial support in their first years.


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