In March 2020, life as we knew it significantly changed. For many young carers, these changes impacted their personal situations. Support networks minimised. In some situations, families have not had access to the care that they need. Many young people have not attended school, which for some could have been the only respite they had from a challenging home situation. Some young carers have been looking after relatives whose conditions have been exacerbated by the current situation.
Whilst this crisis continues, it is likely that young carers’ health and wellbeing will be increasingly impacted by their caring roles and lack of respite and support. Identifying young carers’ is the first step towards ensuring they are supported.
North Tyneside Carers’ Centre Young Carers and COVID 19 Fact sheet
North Tyneside Carers’ Centre Young Carers and COVID 19 Hints and Tips
Government guidance Young carers and young adult carers: providing care during coronavirus
Carers’ Trust Survey – Impact of coronavirus on young and young adult carers