Children and families across the UK are increasingly in or on the brink of poverty as a result of coronavirus.

Vulnerable families across the UK are feeling the social and financial impacts of the pandemic and combined with another national lockdown their futures hang in the balance.

  • 83% of young people with a history of mental ill health said the coronavirus pandemic had made their mental health worse
  • 76% of Barnardo’s project workers reported that the young people and families we worked with needed foodbanks, community kitchens or welfare grants as early as June 2020
  • only 10% of teachers report that all their students have adequate access to a device for remote learning. Lack of access to technology threatens to stall education and severely limit future prospects for a generation of the UK’s most vulnerable children

The generous support to our first Crisis Appeal last year enabled us to provide children and families with 4,760 mental health and wellbeing packs, 3,887 food packages or vouchers, 950 laptops/tablets and 183 mobile phones, as well as energy vouchers and support with bills and utilities.

Despite this headway, we now urgently need to ramp up our efforts to provide this essential support. As the crisis continues, more and more children and young people are feeling the effects of repeated lockdowns, uncertainty and isolation. We must act now to ensure no child is left behind.

See how you can support children facing one of the greatest challenges of their lives

All names have been changed and models have been used in order to protect the identities of children involved. Donations will go where the need is greatest, supporting vulnerable children and families.

Registered with Fundraising Regulator