Invisible and in Distress: Prioritising the Mental Health of England’s Young Carers
Young carers doing more than 50 hours of care a week are five times more likely to report that their health is ‘not good’. The ‘Invisible and in Distress’ report highlights recommendations based on discussions with young carers, section leaders and young carers services in the Carers Trust network.
The keys findings of this report indicate that young carers can often feel like the caring role can make it difficult to access services and the criteria for accessing Children and Adolescent Mental Health Servies can discourage young carers from getting support leading to problems becoming harder to tackle and causing more harm.
This is a great report highlighting how to give better service provisions to those who are vulnerable through their position as young carers. It is a must read for any health professional who has a direct role in provision of services for young carers.
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