Young carers

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Barnsley undertook research into healthcare support for young carers.   It undertook 3 surveys – one with 12 young carers, another with 788 young people at a variety of secondary schools in Barnsley and a third which 95 teachers and school.

All 12 of the young carers felt well supported and informed about the help that is available to them.  They felt that they needed more social activities to relieve them from their caring responsibilities.  Their health needs were being met.

Nearly 60% of young people surveyed in schools stated that they knew what a young carer is, but only 22.5% knew the actual definition.  13.5% of those surveyed believed that they are a young carer. However, when the answers provided were compared to the definition, the survey showed that only 12 respondents fit the description of a young carer.  Nearly half of the young people stated that they would not know where to go to in school if they needed support for themselves or a friend within school

69% of the 95 teachers/school workers surveyed did not know how young carers were identified within their own school, with only 5 knowing how many carers were identified within school. 77% did not know what support was available within school, and 83% did not know about a referral system leading to support outside of the school 80% surveyed said they are not informed when a young carer is identified in school, and only 10 have received training on identification of young carers within school.

There were five recommendations.

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General details

Report title 
Young carers
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Barnsley
Date of publication 
Thursday, 12 March, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 1 October, 2019
Date evidence capture finished 
Saturday, 30 November, 2019
Type of report 
Key themes 
Booking appointments
Health protection
Information providing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

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

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Community services 

Details of people who shared their views

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Age group 
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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? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

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.