About the BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child’s wellbeing.

All applications must be made by a registered referrer such as a social worker, teacher, GP, nurse, housing or tenancy support worker.

If you are a parent or carer, check out our Family Support page for more information.


Programme status update 

The BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme has now reopened, operating as normal, and we aim to process applications within 10 working days.

As usual, please only contact us about an application if absolutely necessary, to prevent delays to that application being processed.

You can contact us via email (stating your application ID if possible) at emergencyessentials@familyfundservices.co.uk or call us on 01904 550011 between 9.30am and 3.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Programme longevity- a tiered strategy

Before you apply, please be aware there is now a tiered strategy in place to ensure we can achieve programme longevity and reach underrepresented areas again this year.

Each region or nations has a tier allocation, which may be subject to change, as the current funding year progresses.

We recommend checking our guidance document here for any changes to this tier allocation before making an application, or registering throughout the year.

Thank you for your support for this vital programme, to help us reach people most in need.


Who can we help?

  • Vulnerable children and young people up to the age of 18 who are experiencing a crisis or emergency.
  • UK or EU citizens who are normally resident in the UK.
  • We can only accept one application per household within a 12 month period.

(Discretion may be given where a child or young person, or their family, have an asylum application under assessment or in circumstances where residency criteria is not consistent across the family unit).

Who are we unable to help?

  • Adults aged 18 and over.
  • Those who do not meet income criteria as defined by the programme.
  • Those who are leaving care who have access to separate, specific statutory provision.
  • Children and young people who do not meet the residence criteria as defined by the programme.

Please read our Emergency Essentials Referrer Guidelines for more details.

How we help

We can deliver or fund critical items such as:

  • Electric cookers
  • Furniture
  • Kitchen equipment and small appliances
  • Children’s beds and bedding (including cots)
  • Washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers
  • Baby equipment
  • Clothing

How to apply

Applications must be completed by a registered referrer who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and capable of assessing their needs. The referrer’s organisation should also be able to administer and supervise the grant on our behalf.

Family Fund Business Services has to work within specific criteria whilst aiming to provide a flexible grant programme to assist those most in need. Please read our guidelines before applying.

Read our Emergency Essentials Referrer Guidelines >

For more information, please call 01904 550011 between 9.30am and 3.00pm, Monday to Friday, or email emergencyessentials@familyfundservices.co.uk


Important documents