Uh oh, you are using an old web browser that we no longer support. Some of this website's features may not work correctly because of this. Learn about updating to a more modern browser here.

Skip To Content

Our UK work

Our work at home

Even before the pandemic, 30% of UK children lived in poverty. We revamped our services so children could learn at home and campaigned across the UK to help families through this crisis. Our emergency grants have now reached over 10,000 children.
Seona with her twins Zen & Ziggy in Dundee

Seona with her twins Zen & Ziggy in Dundee. Image credit: Sandy Young/ Save The Children

In EnglandNorthern IrelandScotland and Wales, we work to narrow the gap between children in poverty & better-off classmates. By promoting early learning, we help children realise their potential. 

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

Since the impact of the pandemic, our emergency grant delivered 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.



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

When the coronavirus pandemic came, things got hard for Maisie and her family. Her mum Vikki lost her job, and home-schooled both Maisie and her sister Amelia. They were out of school for months during lockdown.

Vikki sadly also lost her grandfather to the deadly virus.

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.

Despite the challenges, super mum Vikki has cherished every moment with her kids.

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

  • 30% of children in the UK live in poverty
  • 1 in 3 children living in poverty fall behind with their education
  • 23% in England miss expected levels of language development by 5.
  • In Schools: Helping tens of thousands of children learn at home

  • In Communities: Ensuring local children get the support they need

  • In Homes: Making the homes of over 72,000 children better for learning

  • In Nurseries: Fighting to take the headache out of childcare



Related reports and blogs

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.


Find out more