Speaking today, Laura Bennett, acting Head of Policy at Carers Trust, said:

“Carers Trust is really pleased the Government’s Green Paper recognises that caring roles can affect young carers’ mental health. We have been calling for improved support and investment for this vulnerable group of children and young people for some time.

“Identification of young carers is the vital first step in ensuring they get the support they need. Our Improving the Identification of Young Carers project, funded by the Department of Health until the end of March 2018, will help a wider range of people understand how to support young carers.

“We hope that mental health support teams and designated mental health leads in schools, which the Green Paper proposes, will engage with young carers services, and build on work from schools involved in our joint Young Carers in Schools programme.

“We agree that services – health, social care and education – need to work together to provide young carers with the assessment and targeted support they need. This will avoid young carers taking on inappropriate or excessive caring roles in the first place, and ensure they are able to access mental health support when they need it.”