Lancashire Methodist District

Action for Children

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About Us

When Methodist minister Thomas Bowman Stephenson saw children living rough under the arches of Waterloo station in London, he decided he had to act. And his first action was to listen.

He paid children the respect of hearing their stories, before working out the most practical way to help. 

A century and a half later, the spirit of our founder remains our inspiration. We take action on behalf of 301,000 children, young people, parents and carers across the UK. Our mission is to do what’s right, do what’s needed, and do what works for children.

How Action for Children works

From before they are born until they are into their twenties, we help disadvantaged children across the UK.

We help them through fostering or adoption – and by intervening early to stop neglect and abuse. We make life better for children with disabilities. We influence policy and advocate for change. Our 7,000 staff and volunteers operate over 522 services, improving the lives of 301,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year. We succeed by doing what’s right, doing what’s needed, and doing what works for children.


Other Resources

Parent Talk
free online hub for parents providing advice and resources.

Build Sound Minds
a free online hub supporting parents, carers and others responsible for supporting children and young people to build better mental and emotional wellbeing.