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Don’t miss out! Carers Rights Day 2017, 24/11/16 [W/E/NI/S]

On 25 November, carers across the UK are being encouraged not to miss out on the help they are entitled to help them with their role.

As part of Carers Rights Day this year, Carers UK is helping those with responsibilities looking after family members to find out about their rights and how to access the support they are entitled to. The theme this year is ‘Missing out? Know your rights as a carer.’

The day is held annually to raise awareness of the work that carers do and to bring together organisations to help those with responsibilities for caring to understand how to have their own needs met.

Children in Wales believes that work to support young carers is particularly vital as they are often hidden and their needs can be missed. . Young carers may not recognise that their role within the family is different to other children and young people, but they often carry significant physical and psychological burdens.  Young carers often have little or no free time and their role may impact on their education and social life.

Children in Wales’ current work in this area includes facilitating a Young Carers Network; sitting  on Welsh Government working groups to represent young carers; supporting projects  to develop activities for young carers; and undertaking consultation work for Welsh Government.

Lynne Hill, Policy Director at Children in Wales, said: “Many young Cares miss out on their rights under the UNCRC, and while services in Wales work very hard to support them and offer a range of activities and information to enable them to access their rights, it is vital that all young carers and those they care for are identified and supported effectively.”

 

If you would like to find out more about getting involved in Carers Rights Day, please visit https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/carers-rights-day.

Contact:

To find out more about our work with young carers or to arrange an interview, please contact lynne.hill@childreninwales.org.uk or phone 029 2034 2434.

Notes:

  1. Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for people who work with children and young people in Wales. Our core aim is to contribute towards making the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) a reality in Wales.
  2. Details of Children in Wales’ Young Carers Network can be found at http://www.childreninwales.org.uk/our-work/young-carers/.