What we do

ACTION FOR SICK CHILDREN has championed for more than 50 years on behalf of children and young people’s healthcare, whether in hospital or at home and from national policies to individual family cases.

As a watchdog for children and young people’s health services the charity ensures that standards are safeguarded, maintained and improved. ACTION FOR SICK CHILDREN believe that family focused environments, as well as excellent health care services, are critical in aiding recovery. ACTION FOR SICK CHILDREN works in partnership with health care professionals and providers to encourage the involvement of children, young people, families and their carers in the development of their health care services in order that the health care delivered is appropriate to their unique needs and specific priorities.

ACTION FOR SICK CHILDREN is committed to ensuring that children and young people receive the highest standards of care by supporting parents, carers and health care professionals in their pursuit of a high quality dedicated service.

ACTION FOR SICK CHILDREN still have a long way to go before all children and young people receive the health care and attention that they deserve. Fulfilling the aspirations of the Charter for Children’s Health Services remains the charity’s future goal and the reasons why ACTION FOR SICK CHILDREN continues to advocate and lobby towards achieving a high standard of health care that is appropriate for the unique needs of ALL sick children and young people throughout the UK (excluding Scotland). ACTION FOR SICK CHILDREN is committed to encouraging best-practice in the work of health care professionals.

Mother Care for Children (MCCH) in Hospital sought to persuade hospitals that the Platt Report recommendations could work. Meetings held across the country led to the formation of local branches. The then Ministry of Health and many professionals were sympathetic to the cause and the movement grew. MCCH became known as the National Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital – NAWCH – growing into a national multi-disciplinary organisation of parents and health professionals campaigning for family centred care. NAWCH changed its name to ACTION FOR SICK CHILDREN in 1991 to reflect the increasing amount of healthcare taking place in the community rather than hospital.

Today the charity focuses on national issues and has been influential in promoting a pattern of healthcare for children, young people and their families. We have contributed to government consultation documents as well as many other committees pertaining to health services for children and young people. The ACTION FOR SICK CHILDREN Standards of Care were published in the early 90s and adopted nationwide. These have included Every Child Matters, National Service Framework and the new Childrens Forum.

Major improvements in children’s health services have taken place and the charity continues to play an influential consultative role to key policy makers and government in the development of healthcare policies for children. ACTION FOR SICK CHILDREN is proud of the role it has played in the recognition of the importance of the emotional, social and psychological needs of sick children.

Children are our future,
it’s up to us to take care of them