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Research highlights the bullying faced by young carers because of their caring role

The article discusses the results of a research report done by the group Carers Trust which shows that a quarter of young adult carers aged 14 to 25 still in school experience bullying and mental health problems. Topics covered in the report entitled "Young Adult Carers at School" include issues like school work struggles, support and time management. The report also urges the implementation of a clear framework of support for young carers among schools.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Putting the dementia strategy to work

In February 2009 the government set out its plan to meet one of the biggest challenges facing England's health and social care system - dementia. The national dementia strategy is one year old but a key study has found progress is slow. Vern Pitt visited Croydon – which has long been held up as a leader in dementia care – to ask professionals and carers about how the strategy’s objectives and the challenges posed by the condition are being tackled.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

A helping hand for carers

Beccy Sims reports on the government's efforts to provide better help and support for the country's 5.2 million carers.

New government strategy to support informal carers, especially carers of older people. The principles of the strategy and the number of people providing informal care are discussed.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Many young carers are being punished in schools

The article focuses on young carers who are often punished for poor attendance and punctuality by school staff who do not know about or understand their personal circumstances. It states that more than half of the young carers involved in the study had missed school with 60% saying they had problems with punctuality. It suggests that schools should work with local young carers services to raise awareness of those students who are affected and advises to use student and parent questionnaires.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

New rights under the Care and Support Bill

The author looks at three areas of the Care and Support Bill: the rights of carers, rights to funded advocacy and eligibility. Under the Bill carers will have rights to funding for services for the first time and there will be funding for independent advocates for those who will struggle to navigate the social care system alone. However, as the author explains, eligibility criteria may mean that people with moderate needs will fall outside the system.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

What's in a name

Argues why the nearest relative role has important lessons for the roles of the nominated person and carer which will replace it in the next Mental Health Act.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

Dear Gordon Brown...

The author comments on the lack of government funds to pay informal carers and finance adult care properly in Great Britain. He mentions that the response of the government to the imminent crisis in adult social care funding has been to establish committees to examine the care eligibility criteria as opposed to the £55 billion of funds allocated to ensure the survival of Northern Rock. He notes the low salary received by informal carers despite the fact that they save the nation about £60 billion annually.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

In partnership with carers

Describes the process and outcomes of developing a carers' training and education programme, for carers of people with dementia, using a partnership approach.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

Sam's Bill

Reports on what the proposed legislation Carers (Equal Opportunities) Bill, will mean for the provision of services to carers. It aims to provide carers who end their caring role with information on opportunities for education, training and employment.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

Young carers short of support in Wales

Reports that young carers in Wales are not receiving support services due to a shortage of resources in councils according to voluntary sector leaders. Reasons for setting up young carers' project; Effects of the insufficient funds on the program according to Lynne Hill, policy director at Children in Wales; Expectations of Hill on the grants that will be provided for the projects.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09