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Family Action

Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Charity

Business Activities:Early years, Children & Families, Adult mental health & wellbeing, Grants, Volunteering

Business Location:UK wide (HQ London)

Chief Executive:David Holmes, CBE



Legal structure:Charity

Family Action

Family Action helps 45,000 children and families each year, through 138 local services and our national grant-making programme. We provide effective and innovative services that have a positive impact on people’s lives. Our work is wide-ranging and includes help for parents-to-be; parenting and relationship support; the provision of many nurseries and Children’s Centres in local communities; intensive family support; emotional health and wellbeing services; counselling; mediation and therapies; a range of mental health services, including supported housing; wellbeing support in schools and GP surgeries; financial grants programmes, and a range of training and consultancy services.

We are proud of our partnership working. Our expertise and knowledge adds value to commissioned services, and our support is tailored to meet local needs. We work with a variety of partners, including local authorities, schools, health and voluntary sector organisations, to deliver high quality outcomes and build stronger families and communities.

Family Action does not shy away from difficulty. We are proud to work with vulnerable people to help them find a way forward and not be defined by their past. Our workers are able to deal with all kinds of challenges faced by individuals and families, including mental ill health, domestic abuse, substance misuse and poverty.

E3M Member

Family Action

Name:David Holmes, CBE

Title :Chief Executive, Family Action

David has senior leadership experience in services for children and families in the voluntary sector, local government and central government, and was Chief Executive of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering for seven years from 2006 to 2013. He became Chief Executive of Family Action in March 2013.

Before moving to local government as a Deputy Director of Children's Services, David directed the Child Protection, Adoption and Children’s Trusts divisions in the Department of Health, and then the Looked After Children division in the Department for Education and Skills. He began his career as a solicitor in private practice and then worked for several years in NHS management.

David was a member of the Government's Expert Working Groups on Child Protection and the Internet, on the Future of the Care Population, on Private Fostering and on Adoption. He has also served as an Adviser to the Local Government Association on Children's Services.

David is currently a member of the Advisory Group to the Children’s Commissioner for England. He is also currently Chair of Children England and Chair of Naomi House (a children's hospice group). He is a former Chair of the End Child Poverty coalition, the Connaught Group of children's charities and the Alliance for Children in Care.

David was awarded a CBE for Services to Children and Families in the New Year Honours 2014. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Founding Fellow of the Society of Leadership Fellows at St George's House, Windsor Castle, and a Member of the E3M Social Enterprise Leaders Business Club.

He won CEO of the Year at the HR Distinction Awards 2016.