We are part of the National Young Carers Coalition, a group of leading voluntary sector organisations working together for young carers, disabled parents and their families.
Moira Fraser, Chair of the National Young Carers Coalition, said:
'We are very pleased that the children’s minister has chosen to listen to the concerns of the sector and revisit the provision for young carers in law.
'We particularly welcome the fact that the minister has stated that he believes that taking a whole family approach will be the key to ensuring that young carers are protected and that he and the care minister will look at how children’s legislation works with adult legislation to achieve this. This is something that the National Young Carers Coalition have been calling for for some time.
'The new census data suggests there are more than 166,000 young carers in England, but we believe this shocking figure is just the tip of the iceberg. We must act now to stop many more children remaining hidden from view, missing out on the support they so desperately need.
'It is vital that young carers are identified, assessed and supported as early as possible to prevent them from having to take on inappropriate levels of caring that so often have a negative impact on their wellbeing.
'The introductions of the Children and Families Bill and the Care Bill represent significant opportunities to improve the long-term outcomes for young carers and we look forward to continuing discussions with government to ensure that this opportunity for meaningful and lasting change is not missed.'
For more information please contact Lynsey Mellows in The Children’s Society media team, by telephone on 020 7841 4422 or email. For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07810 796 508.
For National Young Carers Coalition and Carers Trust media enquiries, please contact Luen Thompson, Head of Marketing & Communications, by telephone on 07792 959826, or email.