Young carers' awareness day

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Greenwich led a workshop at a secondary school on Young Carer’s Awareness Day on 30 January 2020.  Twelve young carers took part.

The young carers Healthwatch spoke to had significant, additional pressures and more responsibilities than non-carers. They had to make daily decisions on how to prioritise conflicting responsibilities, such as supervising their loved ones taking medication and caring for siblings, with their own need to attend school and maintain a supportive social life. Young carers told us they had had little guidance on how to do this, with most learning as they go along.

The young carers described the impact of this on their mental health, success in education and ability to form meaningful relationships with their peers. Education, health and social care providers should explicitly consider the needs of young carers. Young carers are willing to contribute their views and experiences to support this, and their involvement may contribute to improving their own experience.

There were four recommendations about ensuring young carers can feedback on health and social care services and ensuring reasonable adjustments for young carers.

The report includes responses from some providers.

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General details

Report title 
Young carers' awareness day
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Greenwich
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 30 September, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Wednesday, 29 January, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Wednesday, 29 January, 2020
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Access
Engagement
Holistic support
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Public involvement
Support
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-7834

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
Primary research method used 
Focus group
How was the information collected? 
Engagement Event
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
12
Age group 
1-15 years
16-17 years
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
No
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
Does the information include other people's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Yes action has been taken or promised
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Yes
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known
What type of impact was determined? 
Tangible impact (not cost related)

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.