Young Carers Awareness Day - 30 January 2020

What is Young Carers Awareness Day?

Young Carers Awareness Day took place on January 30 to raise awareness of the challenges faced by young carers and to campaign for greater support for them. South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership held awareness sessions highlighting the importance of getting involved in supporting young carers.

Every day across the UK hundreds of thousands of young people help to look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

Young Carers Awareness Day is an annual event, led by Carers Trust. It raises awareness of the challenges faced by young carers and campaigns for greater support for them.

Carers Trusthas listened to what matters most to young carers across the UK. and for this Young Carers Awareness Day on 30 January 2020 are campaigning for more to be done to support young carers to achieve their potential in education.

Why is Change Important?

Recent research shows that as many as 1 in 5 secondary school children may be a young carer. For many, caring begins at a much younger age.

Caring for someone can be isolating, worrying and stressful. For young carers, this can negatively impact on their experiences of education, having a lasting effect on their life chances. Research shows that young carers do substantially less well than their peers in formal exams.

Carers Trust wants all young carers to get the help and support they need to do well in their education so that no young carer is left behind. That’s why we’ve launched the Count Me In! campaign.

Count Me In!

Through the Count Me In! campaign Carers Trust is calling on compulsory education providers to do more to proactively identify young carers and to ensure that they receive the recognition and support they deserve.

Visit the Carers Trust website to find out more

Resources

Young Carers Awareness Day Poster for Young Carers

Young Carers Awareness Day Poster for Professionals

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