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Young Carers

Young carers are children or young people who take a significant role in caring for a family member. The family member could be suffering from physical or mental health problem, a disability or drug and alcohol problems.

Children in Wales has been carrying out work relating to young carers since 2002, when we were invited to join the Welsh Governments Carers Strategy Advisory group, to look at how young carers could be actively engaged in the Carers Strategy.  Children in Wales believes that work to support young carers  is vital as these young people are often hidden.  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 “me time” and can appear to lose their childhood.

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 work together to develop activities for young carers
  • Undertaking consultation work for Welsh Government

For more information about any of these issues please contact: Lynne Hill, Policy Director, tel: 029 2034 2434, e-mail: lynne.hill@childreninwales.org.uk.

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