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Thousands of young Kent carers may be losing out

February 11, 2020 12:38 PM
Originally published by Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Two thirds of Kent school children who are the main person looking after a sick or disabled parent may not be getting the support they need.

Lib Dem Councillor Trudy Dean will be proposing an addition of £250,000 to KCC's budget to train teachers to spot young Trudycarers, and then provide the children with the necessary support and advice they need to help them with this huge task.

Trudy explains: "We know of 8,500 children in Kent who are young carers. But the charity 'Carers First' have advised that the numbers are likely to be much higher, possibly as many as 30,000. Children often do not tell their school teachers about their caring responsibilities because they may be embarrassed, or fear they may be bullied, or simply don't know that they can get extra help.

"Young carers often have time off school, and have difficulty finding time for homework, or after school activities. The illness of their parent may also mean that there is less money coming in to the family. These things can lead to less success at school and in later life.

"These children deserve every support we can give them so they can enjoy school and time with their own friends too."