Young Carer Day is the 16th March and it’s a day where we raise awareness of the plight of young people who fulfil caring roles in their families. Your support by donating can provide support to many young carers around the UK.
By definition, a young carer is someone under the age of 18 who looks after a family member or friend who has a physical or mental health condition, or misuses drugs or alcohol. They may also look after brothers, sisters or elderly relatives too.
The Children’s Society has worked with children as young as five years old who care for someone but there could be child carers who are even younger.
800,000 - young carers aged 5-17 care for an adult or family member in the UK
27% - of young carers aged 11-15 miss school
1 in 3 - young carers have a mental health issue
80% - of young carers felt more isolated during the pandemic
39% - young carers said nobody in their school was even aware of their caring responsibilities
Having to care for someone can often mean missing school or having to bail on friends. It can put their childhood on the back burner. Many young carers, and the people around them, don't even realise they're carers.
The Children’s Society believe every young person deserves a good childhood
That's why they fight for the hope and happiness of young people.
For more information on how you can help and donate, visit: www.childrenssociety.org.uk