Action for children celebrates 150 years

As Action for Children marks 150 years of helping vulnerable children, the charity has launched a nationwide search for the descendants of some of the UK’s first children in...

As Action for Children marks 150 years of helping vulnerable children, the charity has launched a nationwide search for the descendants of some of the UK’s first children in care.

The charity has released historic images from its archives of vulnerable children in Victorian Britain and is asking members of the public if they can identify family members. The children featured were looked after in some of the country’s first ever care homes, including Chipping Norton’s Penhurst home on New Street (1903 – 2013), established by the National Children’s Home – now Action for Children – in the early 1900s.

For a full gallery of over 30 images go to www.actionforchildren.org.uk/archive. If you recognise anyone from these images, or you know of an ancestor who was either in Penhurst home or a home run by the National Children’s Home, please email 150@actionforchildren.org.uk