It is a painful fact that many children and young people in Britain today are still suffering extreme hardship, abuse and neglect. Right now, in this country, 3.9 million children are living in poverty. An estimated 16,500 are at high risk of sexual exploitation. Around 100,000 run away from home or care every year. 166,000 are caring for a family member. One in ten has a mental health problem.
The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services to support children and young people who are at risk of exploitation or harm, living in care, or let down by the systems meant to protect them. They come to us when they are at their most vulnerable, when they’re in desperate need of help, when they have nowhere left to turn. At their moment of crisis we are with them every step of the way, until they’re ready to share their experiences, often for the first time. We get to the heart of their problems, start to repair the damage, and help them get the services they need.
Across the country, particularly in the poorest areas, we’re helping more than 18,000 children and young people through over 100 services run by almost 900 staff and more than 9,000 volunteers.
We work hand in hand with children to make sure their voices are heard, campaigning for changes to the law to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future.
The Children’s Society’s Include service is home to the national Young Carers Initiative supporting children and young people who care for parents or siblings who suffer from chronic illness or disability.
We work with voluntary and statutory services across the country to support young carers. We campaign for change and promote best practie with central and local government. We also help young carers by giving them a platform to share their experiences and raise awareness about the issues they face.
For more information and a range of information materials and resources visit: youngcarer.com or call 01962 711 511