Concern for young carers

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Dr Alan Whittle, director of clinical services at Craegmoor Healthcare suggests private sector partnerships as a way to protect this vulnerable group. It is shocking but hardly surprising that no-one knows how many young people in the UK care for a parent or relative. Certainly, official figures are vague, varying between 19,000 and 51,000 – and most health professionals would put the figure far higher. These young people take on a huge amount of responsibility – not just cooking, cleaning and helping their parent with the everyday tasks that they are unable to perform for themselves but, in the case of young people caring for adults with mental health problems, providing emotional support and perhaps preventing their parent from harming themselves. This would be a tough enough job for anybody, but for a young person also trying to lead a normal teenage life, the pressures can be enormous. Although the number of support projects for young carers is increasing – more than 100 now operate in the UK – many care

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