Looking after someone who has a mental health issue, disability or illness is a huge responsibility. It’s even harder when you’re 12. And yet, 15,000 young carers in England and Wales care for over 50 hours a week.
Young carers aren't going to stop caring. But you could help give them a break to have fun and balance their caring responsibilities with just being a child and growing up.
Will you give £12 a month to help support a young carer?
Sometimes my mum can’t move to get up in the morning. I make everyone breakfast, sort medication for mum, organise my brothers and so we can get off to school. It’s tricky to juggle caring for mum and supporting my family with school commitments and homework.Georgia, Young carer
More about our work
What does Action for Children do?
We protect and support children and young people. We do this by providing practical and emotional care and support. We make sure their voices are heard. And we campaign to bring lasting improvements to their lives.
Today, we run 512 services in local communities across the UK, in schools and online.
In our nurseries and children's centres, staff make sure children get the best start in life. Our foster, adoptive and modern residential services find children and young people safe and loving homes.
We step in to protect children from neglect and abuse and help those who care for others or are at risk of homelessness. Innovative projects like The Blues Programme give young people the help they need to look after their mental health.
We're also here for parents, through projects like Parent Talk, our online support service.
What we've achieved
We’ve been helping children for more than 150 years. In 2020/21 we helped 604,885 children, young people and families. This was only possible with your support.
- Since 1869 we’ve helped more than two million children and young people.
- 189,000: the number of people reached with mental health support in 2020/21.
- 361,000: the number of people reached by our online parenting advice service, Parent Talk, in 2020/21.
Where your money goes
Your donations help us to support vulnerable children, young people and their families in the UK.
87p of every £1* we spend goes directly towards helping children, young people and their families. Your support is so important right now because levels of financial hardship, abuse and neglect have been rising. We’ve seen a huge surge in demand for our services. Your donations help us to run these essential services, which give vulnerable children and families a vital lifeline.
We make sure that every penny you donate goes where it will have the greatest impact on children’s lives.
Most of the donations we receive from our campaigns are unrestricted. This means they’re not spent on one project or one specific area of the UK, but where the need is greatest. We wouldn’t be able to operate as a charity without this type of income. Unrestricted funds help us reach the children and young people who need us most. Funds raised from this appeal will be unrestricted and used by Action for Children for its general charitable purposes. Please see the Our Work and Impact for examples of the work we do to help children and young people and their families.
* Figure based on audited 2020/21 charity accounts that exclude subsidiary companies like commercial nurseries.
Why regular donations matter
Donating a small amount every month by direct debit helps us give vulnerable children the stability they need. Our regular supporters help us carry out long-term work and keep vital projects running.