Young Carers Action Day is a day to remember all the young carers (16 and Under) who are out there caring for a family member or someone local. We can only imagine how much more difficult things have been for them during the Covid-19 pandemic. They epitomise resilience.
There are probably more young carers out there than you think. They take on extra responsibilities, like dressing the person they look after, cooking, cleaning, shopping, collecting prescriptions. It’s a lot to take on as a child. In UK, 1 in 5 children are young carers. Overall there is approximately 800,000 carers aged 5 to 18.
Young Carers may experience isolation, difficulties coping at home, problems at school, lack of social experiences and often need information and advice on the illness or disability their family member may have. It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.
Many Young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress. This results in 1 in 20 missing school because of their caring role. In a recent survey, 58% of young carers said they felt more isolated this lockdown than previous. 67% of young carers reported their mental health had declined in this latest lockdown. 57% of young carers reported they had fewer breaks from caring this lockdown. 57% of young carers felt their education has suffered because of lockdown. 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role and 26% have been bullied at school because of it.
However, these unsung heroes learn and know more life skills than most adults at University. They need reminding that brilliant charities such as Carers Trust and Carers First UK are out there to support them and remind them that their futures are bright, the skills are priceless and their efforts are always appreciated with deepest love.
“As society starts to open up again and children return to school, it’s vital that our young carers are given the essential support needed to have a safe and happy childhood. We call on the government to make sure all young carers have access to essential services to improve their education and life at home.” said John Egan, Action for Children’s director of children’s services in England.
Are you from Buckinghamshire? Do you look after someone who cannot manage without you because they are ill, frail or have a disability? If so, please don’t struggle alone, It’s ok to ask for help. There is support available for you
Young Carers Bucks is the young carers service within Carers Bucks. They work with young people aged 5-16 who live within Buckinghamshire and have a caring role. They have a brilliant team of dedicated support workers who tailor their approach to suit the needs of the young person they are working with and tackle anything that rises around their caring role.