Spotlight on young carers

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Summary of report content

In April & May 2019, Healthwatch Medway proactively sought the views and thoughts of Carers in Medway. They were particularly interested to hear from people under 25 who had Caring responsibilities and those who offer support to young carers including help around educational, social and personal development issues.  They spoke to 8 people.

The young carers expressed the mental strain they felt about being a carer.  Several weren’t aware of the condition of the person they were caring for.  This added to their anxieties.

All felt that they had not received the support that they needed.

None were aware of the Carers Strategy and none of them felt their views had been taken into consideration as part of the strategy.

The report has four recommendations to address the issues raised.

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General details

Report title 
Spotlight on young carers
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Medway
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 27 April, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 1 April, 2019
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 31 May, 2019
Key themes 
Holistic support
Information providing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Focus group
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Social care services 
Adult social care

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.