Posted: 24 February 2014

Timeline: How we worked together to see 166,000 young carers’ needs recognised

Our work as part of the National Young Carers Coalition (NYCC) over the past several years has resulted in a major change in law to recognise young carers. Changes realised through amendments being passed in the Children and Families Bill are helping to begin a new era of support for the 166,000 young carers in England.  

As a Young Carers in Focus intern, I’ve worked across the media and policy teams here at The Children’s Society, supporting our young carers celebration event, which will be held in Westminster tomorrow. 

My internship presented me with the opportunity to gain a greater insight into the process that leads to our country’s laws being changed. I have been able to take a look at the work the goes on behind the scenes watching the policy and media departments on a daily basis in addition to researching the NYCC's campaign to improve young carers' rights.

Great progress

I put together a timeline that captures key moments and achievements leading to these historic changes. It highlights how the support of MPs, the public and young carers themselves have proved pivotal in ensuring that this outcome was achieved. 

Please use our timeline to trace the milestones from the past several years.

To use the timeline:

  • hover your mouse over the right side of the image
  • click the shaded area that appears - it should take you to the next slide

(A full-screen version of the timeline is also available.)


Spread the word

Join the conversation on Twitter about tomorrow's celebration - use the hashtag #togetherforyc.


Find out more

Read what the legislative change means for young carers

Visit the Young Carers in Focus website

Take a look at our interactive look at the 166,000 young carers in England

By Michael Pavitt - Media team

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