Young Carers Awareness Day 2020
Young Carers Awareness Day is an annual, national event, led by Carers Trust, and is taking place on 30 January 2020. In Derbyshire, the Young Carers Service, provided by Derbyshire Carers Association, are marking the day with events and publicity across schools in the county.
Young Carers help to look after someone in their family, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. There are over 166,000 young carers in the UK, with recent research showing that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer. The average age for a young carer to be identified is 12, but for many, they have been caring for years before support is offered to them.
Caring for someone can be isolating, worrying and stressful and can have a negative impact on children’s experiences and education achievements, having a long term impact on their aspirations and life chances.
In Derbyshire, the Young Carers Service works with over two hundred families a year to reduce the negative impact a caring role can have on a child. We support families to access support for the cared for person, making the caring role more manageable; we support young carers with one to one support and group support to feel as though they can cope with their responsibilities and have a break through our activities programme. We work closely with schools and other organisations to make sure young carers are being supported every day.
For Young Carers Awareness Day, we are asking schools and professionals who work with children and families to be aware of young carers. Look out for them. Identify them. Signpost them to the support that they need. We are linking with the national Carers Trust campaign Count Me In! Calling on education providers to do more to proactively identify young carers and to ensure that they receive the recognition and support they deserve.
We have awareness raising events and fundraising events running in schools across the county. Getting children and staff talking about Young Carers and the issues they may face. We want all young people and professionals working with them to know about young carers, to be able to identify young carers, and to celebrate the amazing role that young carers take on in their families.
To find out more about Young Carers and the Young Carers Service visit our website: www.derbyshirecarers.co.uk
Find us on facebook: Derbyshire Carers Association Young Carers Service
Find us on Instagram: @youngcarersderbys
Get involved with Young Carers Awareness Day on social media with #CountMeIn and #YoungCarersAwarenessDay.
What sort of things might a young carer do?
¨ Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
¨ Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
¨ Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.
¨ Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
¨ Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
¨ Help to administer medicine.
¨ Helping someone communicate.
¨ Looking after brothers and sisters.
Are young carers getting the mental health support they need?
Young carers often struggle to get support to address their mental health needs or the wider issues they experience as a carer.
Young carers can struggle to get appropriate mental health support that addresses the issues arising from their caring role.