What We Do


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The Royal National Children’s Foundation is now supporting nearly 400 of the UK’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people, by enabling them to attend state and independent boarding schools.

This is known as Assisted Boarding and is proven to transform young lives for good.

Transformation happens when a child is removed from a vulnerable or stressful environment, and given the opportunity to receive pastoral care and individual attention in the safe and structured environment of a boarding school.

94% of the children supported by the RNCF successfully complete their education and go on to lead typical lives.

The RNCF also contributes towards the cost of counselling, essential school equipment and uniform when needed. Every year we offer many needy children an outward bound holiday in the UK – and for many this is the first holiday they have ever had.

Typically, a child needing our help is aged between 7 and 13 and is vulnerable because they are suffering from neglect, trauma or are at risk within their home or community environment.  Their guardian may be incapable of looking after them, due to their own mental or physical illness. Our support can last up to 11 years, until they complete their secondary education.

We only support children whose families are unable to meet the cost of boarding school unaided. Our support is for social need and the well-being of the child, not for educational preference.

We offer a proven alternative to foster care and full Local Authority care, giving each child a life-changing opportunity when they need it most.

We meet each and every child to understand their individual needs and circumstances. We continually monitor their progress through school until they leave.This is an amazing journey, not only for the child, but also for the family, who thrive too, as they see their son or daughter blossom and mature with confidence.

We also aim to keep fragile family units together. Although parents and guardians are unable to look after their children day to day, with the pressure of full-time care removed, the quality of time spent together during holiday periods is vastly improved.

Our helplines have never been busier from families in crisis due to Government cuts and we have a bold ambition to help support 500 children per year by 2017.

Corporate information

Read the statutory RNCF Report and Accounts 2016

Read our Annual_Review_2016

For more information about our work, read the RNCF_Impact_Report.


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