Progress for young carers’ rights

Progress for young carers’ rights – but fight for parent carers continues

Carers UK warmly welcomes this morning’s announcement from the Education Secretary, Michael Gove MP, that the Government will amend legislation currently in Parliament to strengthen the rights of young carers and their families to receive support.

Following months of campaigning led by Carers Trust and supported by Carers UK, Health and Education Ministers have come together to ensure children and adult legislation is knitted up to make sure that where a child or young person may be providing care, services and support are provided to the whole family to meet an adult’s need for care and prevent inappropriate responsibilities falling on a child or young person.

Both young carers and parents of disabled children were falling through the cracks of the two pieces of legislation. Ministers have intervened for young carers and it is now vital that they do the same to deliver support for the families of disabled children.

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