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Young carers to receive more support under changes to Children and Families Bill

Children’s Society hails ‘new era’ for young carers

The government has tabled an amendment to the Children and Families Bill to help improve services for young carers.

The government has tabled an amendment to the Children and Families Bill which will help improve services for young carers by:

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said:

"Young carers are the unsung heroes of the care system, selflessly providing support around the clock for the people they love. Yet carers of all ages, for the most noble of reasons, can often overlook their own needs - missing out on the important things their friends take for granted.

"This is why we must put in place a system that supports them and enables them to live a full life, as well as protecting them from excessive or inappropriate caring responsibilities. Today's amendment to the Children and Families Bill will make it easier for these vulnerable young people to get the help they so desperately need, and I know it will be welcomed by many young carers and their families."

The Children's Society noted that Census data released in May 2013 recorded that 166,363 children in England are caring for their parents, siblings and family members. This is up by a fifth from when the last Census was conducted in 2001.

The Children's Society's Chief Executive, Matthew Reed, said:

"This is an historic moment for children who have the responsibility of looking after their parents, siblings and family members. We applaud the government for taking a huge leap to support often incredibly vulnerable young carers who are slipping through the net, undetected by the support services they desperately need."

11/10.13