Giles Meyer, CEO, Carers Trust, said:
“It is unclear how young carers’ mental health will be improved and supported based on the government’s response to this consultation. It feels very limited in its ambition.
“While we were pleased that the initial Green Paper accepted our evidence that being a young carer is a risk factor for children and young people’s mental health, these proposals do not go far enough.
“Training for the new Designated Senior Leads and Mental Health Support Teams must include the importance of identifying young carers’ mental health and making sure they are referring them and their families for more help and support from the council.
“Young carers services can help with supporting young carers, in partnership with support from schools, packages of support from the council and formal mental health support.
“More support for children and young people’s mental health is welcome, but if these measures won’t be rolled out until late 2019 at the earliest, and to only 20-25% of schools, this will mean young carers still have a long wait for support.”
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- Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers. We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. www.carers.org.
- We do this with a UK wide network of quality assured independent partners and through the provision of grants to help carers get the extra help they need to live their own lives. With these locally based Network Partners we are able to support carers in their homes through the provision of replacement care, and in the community with information, advice, emotional support, hands on practical help and access to much needed breaks. We offer specialist services for carers of people of all ages and conditions and a range of individually tailored support and group activities.
- Our vision is that unpaid carers count and can access the help they need to live their lives.