Findings of a focus group of young carers

We held a focus group with 13 ‘young carers’ aged 7-19, in December 2013 to understand the impact of the practical or emotional support they give to parents or siblings with disabilities or long-term health needs.

Summary

  • Young carers’ main responsibilities were helping with food shopping, and providing emotional support to parents or siblings
  • They said young carers' groups were their preferred form of support - these were run by council youth workers and also offered peer support 
  • Their 'wishlist' for change included: a desire for their relatives to be better, for home improvements to aid mobility of relatives, care worker assistance to go on family trips away, and more school-based support, especially to tackle bullying

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Findings from a focus group of young carers into the health and social care services they use