LGA responds to carers trust survey of young carers
26 Jan 2017 11:05 AM
Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, responds to a survey by the Carers Trust which reveals that young carers are facing significant challenges and are struggling to fulfil their ambitions.
"Young carers often face significant challenges, and councils across the country work hard to make sure they are able to access the support they need while continuing to enjoy their childhoods and fulfil their full potential.
"Every young carer has a right to an assessment to find out if they need additional support, and councils will do all they can to provide this support where needs are identified. However, councils need the support of all members of the community to help identify young carers to make sure that their needs can be assessed quickly, and the necessary support provided.
"Good relationships between councils, schools, the NHS and other organisations are crucial to making sure that children are referred as quickly as possible and get the support they need to help them their lives to the fullest."
Related information: https://carers.org/invisible-and-distress-prioritising-mental-health-englands-young-carers