Special ID cards for children who care for sick relatives are being championed by a Doncaster MP.
The Young Carers Card can be shown by the carrier to make adults aware of their role.
Rosie Winterton met members of Doncaster’s Young Carers’ Council at the Mary Woollett Centre, to promote the card and encourage more young carers to apply.
She said: “I think it is a brilliant idea. An ID card is an easy way of giving adults – particularly teachers – information about a young person’s caring responsibilities.
“Often young carers find it difficult to talk about their situation or ask for support, and their school and home lives suffer as a result. The Young Carers Card will help to raise awareness and develop understanding of their roles.”
Young carers along with more than 50 professionals from agencies across Doncaster – including schools, colleges, emergency services, hospitals and the local authority – launched the scheme last year.
Jane Whaley, Children’s Services Manager at Barnardo’s, said: “The aim of the card is to help identify young carers earlier and to let them know of the additional support available to them through schools, the Young Carers Service and partner agencies.”
For more details about young carers in Doncaster visit www.barnardos.org.uk/youngcarers, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the service on 01302 366680.