More than five years on from the introduction of formal rights for young carers, and young adult carers, thousands of children and young people are still being negatively affected by the impact of their caring responsibilities.
Caring Together and a coalition of organisations and individuals are taking action by launching the Young Carers Alliance on the eve of Young Carers Action Day.
If you have an interest in improving the identification, assessment and support of young carers and young adult carers the event at 4.30pm on Tuesday 15 March will give you an opportunity to hear:
- about some of the latest issues facing young carers and young adult carers, both in practice and research;
- from young carers about what they have been doing to help young carers and young adult carers stay connected, access the services they need and reduce their isolation;
- about the Young Carers Alliance and how you can get involved.
Confirmed speakers include Professor Saul Becker and members of the Young Carers National Voice Network.
The Young Carers Alliance is a brand new network designed to promote the voices of young carers and those who support them. The alliance includes representatives from research, policy and practice, who are all committed to bringing about improved outcomes for all young carers and their families.
Andy Mc Gowan, our head of engagement, said, “Thousands of children and young people across the country have caring roles where, despite the formal rights they have, they are still being negatively affected by the impact of their caring responsibilities.
“Their education, health and wellbeing, social lives and other opportunities in life can all suffer. Many do not feel they are listened to by medical and social care professionals and many are going far too long without the support they need.
“We at Caring Together, and a growing number of other people are committed changing this and improving the support available to them.”
#YoungCarersActionDay is on Wednesday 16 March 2022.