Supporting young carers

27/01/2020, PR-9276

Young Carers Awareness Day
Young Carers Awareness Day

​Wakefield Council is supporting Young Carers Awareness Day (30 January) to highlight the challenges faced by young people in a caring role across the district.

Recent research by the Carers Trust shows that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer.

The Council wants to promote ways to access support and raise awareness of young carers, their responsibilities and the impact on their day to day lives and emotional wellbeing.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

​Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Raising public awareness of young carers is so important as we want our residents to be able to recognise a young person who is caring for someone and know where they can go to get the support they need.

“Young carers across our district do such a wonderful job and we want to help them as much as we can, by signposting them to help and advice. We want them to know that they are not alone.”

A young carer doesn’t have to be a teenager, they could be as young as five-years-old. A young carer doesn’t even need to see or call themselves a carer, which means they can often go unseen. But any child or young person under the age of 18 that helps look after a family member with a disability, long-term illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem, is a young carer.

The Council’s recent annual Public Health report also identifies some of the pressures carers can face.

Learn more about recognising the signs of a child being a young carer and the support on offer at www.wfyouth.co.uk/recognising-a-young-carer-accessing-support/

To find out more about Young Carers Awareness Day visit https://carers.org/young-carers-awareness-day-2020