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Young Carers Projects
Young Carers Projects have a wealth of expertise about young carers’ issues and local needs. Evaluations have shown that the support and activities provided are greatly valued by both the children and their families, for whom they are often the only or main source of support. Projects and direct support services for children help reduce both the sense of isolation experienced by young carers and their families and the stigma that young carers often feel, particularly when caring for an adult with mental health problems or with problem drug or alcohol misuse.
There may be a local Young Carers Project or the local school may offer specific support to young carers. Your local Children’s Services Department should be able to tell you about this.
See the Projects / Support area of the Young carers website for a list of current projects.
The Government has stated that over the next ten years they are:
‘….committed to providing the services that carers [including young carers] need to carry out their caring duties. Services across the board, whether they be provided from central, local government or the third sector, must be fit for purpose in supporting carers. For this to happen, services must be sensitive to the needs of people from all sectors and groups within society, and must reflect local diversity within communities’.
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