When other members of your family have problems they receive the expert/medical/legal advice that they need, but often the impact it makes on your life is overlooked.
Part of growing up is learning that adults can have problems too. We’re all human and we all find it difficult to cope at times. We should try to understand other people’s problems, but it’s not always easy, especially if it’s someone we’re close to, like our parents or carers. It’s hard to be sympathetic when their problems are causing problems for us.
Organisations like Childline (0800 11 11) offer confidential support and advice for young people with any types of problems. There are also organisations which can help with specific problems and provide support:
Action for Prisoners’ Families (ACPF)
The ACPF works to ensure prisoners’ families are treated fairly by the prison system and society across the UK. It acts as a voice for organisations providing support to these families. It can put you in touch with organisations in your area. See the link on this page.
There are around six million people in Britain who care for a member of their family or a close friend. At least 50,000 of these people are children and young adults, and there are probably many more that haven’t told anyone else of their situation.
If you care or help care for someone, you are definitely not alone. See the links on this page to:
- The Young Carers site gives support in all aspects of your life as a carer.
- Carers Online has section for carers under 16. It includes a directory of support organisations in your local are.
Domestic violence is most commonly a male partner being abusive towards a female partner, but it can also happen with the female attacking the male. If you think you or one of your family are in danger then call the National Domestic Violence helpline which is open 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.
Who can help?
The Young Carers site gives support in all aspects of your life as a carer. Visit the site at www.youngcarer.com.
The Carers UK website has section for carers under 16 which includes a directory of support organisations in your local area. Visit the site at www.carersuk.org.
Childline are there to listen if you are struggling with peer pressure or any other problems. You can call them in confidence on 08001111 and the number won’t show up on the phone bill, or you can visit their website at www.childline.org.uk.
Teen Life Check is a quick and easy online quiz for 12-15 year-olds that lets you check out your health and lifestyle. Your answers and results are confidential and you’ll get some useful advice on issues such as bullying, stress, home life, crime, healthy eating, exercise, safe sex, drugs, alcohol and more. Visit www.teenlifecheck.co.uk.