Young Carers Require More Attention

  • According to Coram's Children's Legal Centre (Child Protection Project), "Children and young people who look after a disabled, mentally ill or substance abusing family member are considered young carers."

    Most young carers are oblivious of the fact that they are carers in the first instance and are left to fight their battles for too long.

    Their schools and health concerns becomes least important to them.

    Although, they may lonley, confused and scared but may not talk about this or reveal this to the public for the fear that they may be taken away from their families or the people they care for.

    The Guardian tells the story of a young carer:

    He only got support when he was 16, six years after he had cared for his disabled parents.

    His dad has had a heart problem for the past 18 years and his mom not only suffered depression but has had 33 different operations on different parts of her body.

    He is also an only child.

    Even as his parents saw their GP's most weeks; they had attended parent's meetings armed with sticks and crutches, he was still unnoticed; no one had asked if ne needed help.

    He was put in touch with his local young careres' project and that marked the beginning of a change in his situation.

    Prior to that time, he had no idea that he was a young carer and was not offered any help.

    His academics and other aspects of his life had suffered strain; however, after he got help, by the end of year 10, his attendance was up to 90% and by the next year, it was a 100%. He then proceeded to Cambridge to study Law.

    However, this is not usually the case for lots of young carers; they often go unnoticed.

    There is the need for schools to give more attention to these young carers by identifying them and suggesting and implementing ways to best support them, like:

    Being available to talk to them in an understanding manner and counsel them,

    Giving them an extra day to complete their homeworks.

    In terms of support, there should not be a friction between the carer and the supporting service, in a situation whereby they are members of the same family.

    Services should also work together to render a family approach to these young people, they deserve to have the opportunity to grow up as full time children as opposed to being full time carers.

    Image source: http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/115354

Related articles

  • Read More

    CARE HAS IMPROVED CONSIDERABLY IN ENGLAND

    Almost three fourth of 372 care homes rated inadequate in 2014 and still operating have improved.205 care homes have improved from a low rating to requiring improvement, 68 are now rated good and 99...

  • Read More

    NHS ADJUSTMENTS TO BUDGET CUTS

    NHS trusts which have been previously rated good or outstanding will not be inspected as frequently as before, but those rated as inadequate will be regularly visited by the CQC.The Guardian reports...

  • Read More

    Government to inspect if housing can reduce NHS costs

    In the Budget document the government have said it's looking at the ‘cost-effectiveness of options to integrate spending around some of the most vulnerable groups of people.' This includes...

  • Read More

    End of life patients are lacking support

    The charity has found that almost 92% of NHS clinical commissioning groups do not provide round the clock telephone helplines, reports the BBC.Guidelines say there should be 24-hour telephone...

  • Read More

    Social care is being limited due to council cuts

    ADASS are warning that cuts are making the care system "unsustainable" with charities saying hundreds of thousands of people are struggling without help, even though the government says councils have...

  • Read More

    Young people should not be placed in B&Bs says MPs

    The Commons Education Select Committee has said that B&B accommodation is "threatening and frightening" and should only be used in emergency situations reports the BBC.MPs say that young people...

  • Read More

    Special measures system designed to improve failing care homes

    A scheme similar to special measures of hospitals will be introduced for care homes and home care agencies next year, ministers will say, reports the BBC.This will cover 25,000 services and could...

  • Read More

    Research says that one in three Alzheimer's cases can be prevented

    The research says that the main risk factors of Alzheimer's is lack of exercise, smoking, depression and poor education, reports the BBC. Alzheimer's Research UK said age was still the biggest risk...

  • Read More

    NHS boss says those with vulnerabilities need joint health and care budget

    Simon Stevens wants to see older people, those with disabilities and people with serious mental health problems given joint pots from the NHS and council-run social care services, reports the...

  • Read More

    Council falters in reviewing autistic man’s care plan

    According to Community Care:"The ruling was made by the Local Government Ombudsman after the man's mother complained that his physical and mental health deteriorated in the two-year period after...

Revenue Optimisation "I am really impressed with Support Solutions and how small organisations are supported with information and training" Susan Harrison (Tenant Support Services)

 

Briefing Signup

 
Quick Contact

Quick contact

Close

Contact us

T 0333 332 1991 (Local rate)

E info@supportsolutions.co.uk