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Estimated 130,000 'invisible' young carers without support

Release Date: 28 Dec 2016

A report published yesterday by the Children’s Commissioner has found that four out of five young people who care for their sick and disabled relatives do not receive the support to which they are entitled from their local authorities.

In response to the report, which also found that over 25 per cent of young carers have care needs of their own, Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan, said:

This shocking report highlights the scale of the problem facing our young carers and demonstrates that there is still an issue around identifying and supporting children and young people who care for a loved-one.

Barnardo’s lobbied for a change in legislation under the Children and Families Act and Care Act and this has gone some way towards addressing the number of young carers who slip through the net, but it clearly hasn’t solved the problem.

Professionals who come into contact with children - whether that’s teachers, GPs or social workers – need to be on the lookout for signs that they are taking on caring responsibilities and must report concerns to their local authority so children can be offered an assessment for support.

Caring for a parent, sibling or loved-one places an incredible burden on children and it’s vital that everything possible is done to identify and support young carers. Barnardo’s runs 21 young carers’ services across the UK, helping more than 3,900 young people get the support they need from their local authority and providing advice and emotional support through counselling.

For more information about Barnardo’s please visit the website. For media enquiries, please contact the National Media Team on 0208 498 7555.

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