Support for Young Carers01/12/21
City efforts to support young carers will be outlined to the next meeting of the children and families services committee.
Councillors will be told that, following a review, the Dundee Carers Partnership has recently launched the new strategy ‘A Caring Dundee 2 2021-24’.
Within this, the approach towards Young Carers prioritises working together with them to raise awareness, identify children and young people with caring roles and co-produce support which meets their needs in all primary and secondary schools.
A template partnership agreement was completed for use by the Carers Centre and all secondary schools, outlining minimum expectations on the contribution of partners to support young carers.
Developments for young carers include
- 31 Young Carer Ambassadors now act as volunteers to inform and contribute towards approaches in every secondary school, alongside Carers Centre and school staff.
- Young Carers co-produced a new leaflet to assist other Young Carers and their families to self-identify. This is now available in all schools and on the Carers of Dundee Website
- Co-production of peer education resources to deliver awareness raising sessions in primary schools and a new resource pack,
- Peer support groups for Young Carers are now run jointly by Ambassadors and staff in all secondary schools and in an increasing number of primary schools
Depute convener of the committee Councillor Roisin Smith said: “I am pleased to see that this new strategy takes forward support for young carers for the next few years.
“We have come a long way to provide more assistance to these young people and we cannot be complacent.”
Cllr Smith added: “Partners met the various challenges that were thrown up by the pandemic and especially lockdown, and I believe that we have to learn from these experiences for the future.
“Young carers experience unique challenges in their lives, we must do all we can to help them make the most of their education and move on to new opportunities.”
Since the enacting of new legislation in 2018, the number of young carers identified and receiving support has increased from 65 in September 2018, to 208 in August 2019 and 298 in August 2020.
By September 2021, 483 young carers were identified in schools.
The report also highlights the experience of a young carer looking after their single parent who is suffering from cancer. The young person was able to speak to staff in school and receive support from the Carers Centre, and is now acting as a Young Ambassador to help pupils facing similar challenges.
The children and families services committee meets on Monday December 6.
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