The MyCare report includes the opinions of young carers aged between 9 and 25, service workers, mental health professionals and education workers . What the report found was that young people such as this who are taking on the role of carer, are often missing out on leading a normal childhood with fewer opportunities to play and learn. In turn this often leads on to feelings of anxiety, frustration, guilt resentment and stress.
In addition to this, the report also found that these children are far more likely to be late to school on a regular basis, struggle to cope with completing work on time, can be disruptive, find it difficult to make friends, are more likely to be bullied, stand a higher chance of leaving education with no qualifications and can have mental health issues themselves.
Senior researcher at the Mental Health Foundation, Dr Dan Robotham explained that though there are various examples of good practice such as support groups for young carers, this report highlights the fact that far more needs to be done in order to meet their needs more effectively.
“The MyCare report points to a number of suggested improvements for the various services involved, including the involvement of young carers in discussions about their parents’ treatment, more age appropriate-information about mental health to be made available, and greater co-operation between children’s, education and mental health services to give young carers the kind support they deserve ” He said.