Young carer's voice focus group

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Wirral sent out a short survey before the meeting of the Young Carer’s Voice focus group. The young carers ranged in age from 11-16 and were all caring for at least one family member. Many of the group were helping to care for a parent and some also had caring responsibilities for siblings.

The young carers shared some of their experiences around being listened to and mentioned access to the COVID-19 vaccination for the people they care for as a current issue.

All the young carers in the group attend school but they access education in different ways. Some attend school in person, some do online learning, and others do a mix.

  • Most of the group found online learning difficult, especially working from home and having added distractions
  • Some were doing their GCSE years and found it very stressful to be expected to complete the same amount of work as if they were in school and to get everything in on time
  • Those with additional needs e.g. autism missed some of the support provided in school that isn’t available at home in the same way

Many felt that the change in routine during lockdown, and the lack of variety from not being able to go out, has had a negative effect on their mental health.

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General details

Report title 
Young carer's voice focus group
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Wirral
Date of publication 
Friday, 30 April, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 19 February, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 19 February, 2021
Key themes 
Holistic support
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Support
Other information of note about this report 
Young Carers

Methodology and approach

If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Barnardo's
Primary research method used 
Focus group

Details of health and care services included in the report

Social care services 
Children services
Respite care

Details of people who shared their views

Age group 
1-15 years
16-17 years
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Yes
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

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.