BBC Children In Need Emergency Essentials Fund

The Parenting Network are very pleased to announce that we have been selected as an approved referrer for the BBC Children In Need Emergency Essentials Fund.

Who we can help

Applications are only considered on behalf of children and young people from birth up to their 18th birthday.

The programme prioritises applications from children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances or who are facing a crisis; are living in severe poverty and suffering deprivation as a result, and who are affected by additional social issues such as domestic abuse, substance misuse, estrangement, disability or serious illness, mental health or behavioural difficulties, abuse or neglect.

Applications are accepted where the child or young persons’ family are:

  • Experiencing a crisis or emergency, and do not have access to support and have insufficient resources to meet their needs


  • Experiencing poverty* or destitution**, or are in receipt of any one of the following means tested benefits:
  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Any housing element/benefit
  • Universal Credit and where earned income is below £7,400.

*poverty, we mean a child or young person’s resources are not sufficient to meet their minimum needs and their income is less than 60% of the current UK median income.

**destitution, we mean where a child or young person does not have essential basics such as shelter, heating or clothing and has experienced any of the following, twice or more in a month:

  • Sleeping rough
  • Having one, or no meals a day, for two or more days
  • Being unable to heat or light your home for five days or more
  • Going without weather appropriate clothes or without basic toiletries.

Who can’t we help?

Applications based mainly on financial hardship will not normally be considered. By financial hardship we mean families or young people who are struggling to meet everyday living costs and cannot afford to purchase or replace essential household items. Facing financial hardship alone does not make a client eligible for our support and they need to be facing additional social welfare issues in order to be considered.

The Programme is not able to accept applications relating to:

  • Adults aged 18 and over
  • Applicants who do not meet the income criteria as defined by the Programme
  • Young people who are leaving care who can access funding under provisions of Children (Leaving Care) Act, 2000
  • Young people leaving custodial care who can be referred to children’s services for a needs assessment under provisions of Children’s Act, 1989
  • Children and young people who do not meet the residence criteria as defined by the Programme.

Items we can assist with

The Programme awards grants for critical household items, typically:

•       Electric cookers

•       Fridge freezers (including separate under counter items and chest freezers)

•       Washing machines and tumble dryers

•       Children’s beds and bedding (including cots)

•       Kitchen equipment and small appliances

•       Furniture

•       Clothing (in exceptional or emergency situations)

•       Baby equipment.

This is not an exhaustive list but the Programme only awards key essential items and all grants are discretionary. The maximum grant is around £300 and we are usually only able to assist with one item per successful application. This helps us to assist as many children as we can and provide a level of funding that can meet their needs.

Items we cannot assist with

We cannot usually assist with requests for the following items:

•       Payment of fuel/utility bills, council tax or rent

•       Payment of loans or debts, bankruptcy fees

•       Rent costs or deposits

•       Household repairs/adaptations/additions

•       Holidays, school trips or play schemes

•       Childcare/childminding/afterschool clubs

•       School uniforms

•       Children’s toys/Christmas presents

•       Specialist medical equipment

•       Computers, laptops or mobile phones

•       Televisions, DVD or other entertainment equipment

•       Musical instruments

•       Travel costs or driving lessons

•       General subsistence costs

•       Funeral costs including cost of headstones

•       Items solely for the use of parents e.g. beds for parents.

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