Ancestry UK

The National Children's Home Story


Action For Children (formerly the National Children's Home or NCH) offers access to records for:

  • Adults who were formerly in care then adopted
  • Adults formerly in care in the UK, now resident outside the UK
  • Adults adopted through Action for Children
  • Birth relatives wanting intermediary services i.e. help with search and reunion

For more details on accessing records, see the Action For Children website.


  • Bradfield, William The Life of the Reverend Thomas Bowman Stephenson (1913, Kelly)
  • Curnock, Nehemiah The Story of the Children's Home (C.H. Kelly, 1901)
  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Horner, Francis Shadow and Sun (Epworth Press, 1920)
  • Howard, Philip J Philip: a Strange Child (Dalkeith Publishing, 2007)
  • Philpot, Terry Action For Children (Lion, 1994)
  • Walpole, Cecil F. Golden Links (Epworth Press, 1941)