Barnardo’s supports disadvantaged families

Barnardo’s provides support to children with families experiencing a range of adversities, for example young carers.

Young carers help look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled or has mental health problems, or is misusing drugs or alcohol. Their day to day responsibilities often include cooking, cleaning, shopping, providing nursing and personal care and giving emotional support.

With so many adult responsibilities, young carers often miss out on opportunities that other children have to play and learn. Many struggle educationally and are often bullied for being ‘different’. They can become isolated, with no relief from the pressures at home. They are often afraid to ask for help as they fear letting the family down or being taken into care.

Barnardo’s runs services across the UK to help young carers and their families find the support they need, and are entitled to, from local services, so that a child’s caring responsibilities can be reduced. We support them to use local services such as sports clubs, support groups, and health centres. We provide advice and emotional support through counselling and drop-in sessions, and liaise with schools so that teachers can better support their students. We also provide opportunities for young carers to take a break from their caring responsibilities, spend time with other young carers and share experiences.

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