Yesterday I raised the need for the Government to better identify the huge number of children and young people with caring responsibility in a Parliamentary debate on carers.
I highlighted the great work of Sheffield Young Carers and the experiences of the young people I have met since working with the group. After questioning her during PMQs on the issue three years ago, I took some of them to meet with the former Prime Minister, Theresa May and I was pleased that the Government said that they would be “undertaking a review to identify opportunities for improvement in these spaces” following our meeting.
But there’s been insufficient action since then and so I called on the Government to commit to introducing a designated young carer lead in schools, responsible for identifying and supporting young carers, and to look at requiring GPs to play a role in identifying them too. I was pleased that in reply to my points the Minister said she “want[ed] to go further on identifying carers”, and I’ll be following up on this with her.