Giles Meyer, Chief Executive at Carers Trust, responded today to the Education and Health and Social Care Committees’ joint report on The Government’s Green Paper on mental health.

“Carers Trust welcomes the publication of the Committees’ joint report, and are pleased that the Committees share our concern that the proposals do not go far enough to support today’s young carers.

“Our evidence to the Committees highlighted that being a young carer is a risk factor to children and young people’s mental health.

“While it is disappointing that the report does not mention the issues experienced by young carers directly, we are pleased that the Committees have recognised that the Green Paper missed the opportunity to address the circumstances that contribute towards poorer mental health among particular groups of children and young people.

“The Green Paper rightly recognised that young carers’ mental health can be affected by their caring role. Government needs to ensure that the ambitions of the Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act 2014 are fully realised to prevent young carers from providing inappropriate or excessive care, and make sure that the needs of young carers and their families, including those related to their mental health, are properly assessed and supported.

“We keenly anticipate any measures that will support young carers within the upcoming Carers Action Plan and will work with the Government as they implement measures for children and young people’s mental health to ensure that these provide the most effective possible support to young carers.”