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Young carers missing ‘proper childhood’, claims MP

 

28 June, 2020 – 18:00

Julie Alford from the Holt Youth Project. Picture: MARK BULLIMOREJulie Alford from the Holt Youth Project. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Young carers are “not getting a proper childhood” and have to be better supported by the government, according to a Norfolk MP.

North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker in parliament. Picture: Parliament TVNorth Norfolk MP Duncan Baker in parliament. Picture: Parliament TV

North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker praised the work young carers have been doing throughout lockdown in a speech the House of Commons, calling them “unsung heroes”.

Mr Baker said: “During the lockdown I spoke to some young carers, and it made me wonder whether we really knew enough about these young children – sometimes they are as young as five or six – who, day in, day out, support their parents at home.”

Mr Baker said research showed that young carers were often vulnerable and were part of a “hidden group” that fell between the gaps in public policy and health and social care

He said: “Imagine a five-year-old climbing on a stool to boil a kettle to make a drink for their parent who is incapacitated. These young people must not be forgotten. They are not getting a proper childhood.

“Their education often falls behind. I call on the government to do everything they possibly can.”

 
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