Statement from Carers Trust on the government’s announcement to establish a bigger role for school nurses in improving the health of children and young people, in particular their work with young carers

Dr Moira Fraser, Director of Policy and Research at Carers Trust:

“Over 60 per cent of young carers are bullied in schools while nearly 30 per cent miss school or experience educational difficulties – often due to their caring responsibilities. Many don’t feel able to tell staff members at their school that they are a young carer.

“These are worrying numbers and so we are heartened at the government’s plans to strengthen the role of school nurses in supporting young carers.

“School nurses are ideally positioned to play a pivotal role in the lives of young people. They are well placed to identify young carers earlier and implement preventative support while reducing the negative impact on the health and wellbeing of young carers by initiating support for the whole family. We are pleased that young carers themselves will shape the work of school nurses by training them in how to provide the best support.”

  • Carers Trust is a UK-wide organisation created from the merger of two leading charities with a long history of supporting carers – Crossroads Care established in 1974 and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers founded in 1991.
  • A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.
  • There are seven million carers in the UK - seven million reasons to care and to get involved. Carers Trust works with a unique network of Partners across the UK- a network of 124 independently managed carers’ centres, 73 Crossroads Care schemes and 107 young carers services. Together we work as one organisation united by a shared vision for carers - to make sure that information, advice and practical support are available to all carers across the UK.
  • For further information about your nearest service, please visit our website

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