It was great to meet today with young carers from across the country as part of Young Carers’ Action Day. After joining a group, including a representative from Sheffield Young Carers, presenting a letter to the Prime Minister in Downing Street, I chaired an event in Parliament at which MPs and Peers were asked to sign the following pledge:
I will work with my local carer support organisation(s) to champion the needs of young carers and young adult carers – and I will encourage:
- Local authorities and NHS commissioners to have proactive local strategies to identify and support young carers and young adult carers.
- Schools, colleges and universities to have a Young Carers Lead/Champion with responsibility for identifying and supporting young carers and student carers.
- Local authorities to help young carers and young adult carers to realise their statutory rights, have breaks from caring and make successful transitions into adulthood.
- Local authorities to have a Memorandum of Understanding between relevant agencies and organisations to ensure an integrated whole-family approach to identification and support for young carers and their families.
As the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers I am committed to making sure the voices of young and young adult carers are heard in Westminster, and I look forward to the work we have lined up for the rest of the year with the APPG.