The Who Cares Campaign is calling on Parliament to improve services to young carers. A young carer is someone aged 0-18 who looks after a relative with a long term condition. 1 in 12 young people care for someone. They save the country £132 billion a year in the unpaid caring they do. We believe that the services these young people receive must be improved, so we have launched a government petition to ask for more support. In this petition, we suggest the government adopts the following three pledges:
1. All councils to have a statutory responsibility to monitor the quality of their young carers service & ensure anyone 0-18 has access to an assessment of their needs and a base level of support
2. All schools to have a statutory responsibility to include young carers in the School Census & Ofsted Handbook's definition of vulnerable young people
3. The introduction of a Young Carers Identification Card. This will be nationally recognised and allow young carers to be visible to local services
To find out more ways you can support this campaign and get involved, please email Lung Theatre.