THOUSANDS of Sheffield children and teenagers who look after poorly relatives have been promised better support and understanding by a Government minister.
Children’s minister, Sarah Teather, accompanied Heeley MP Meg Munn to meet members of Sheffield Young Carers’ Project, which offers support to carers as young as eight, by providing group activities and learning experiences, one-to-one support and residential breaks.
The council estimates there are 2,000 youngsters under 16 caring for loved ones in Sheffield, while trying to continue their schoolwork.
Liz Church, Sheffield Young Carers’ Project manager said: “A lot of teachers don’t recognise young carers at all or fully understand the impact caring can have on their education.
“We want to make it easier for young carers to get support they need from their schools and help schools.”
Ms Teather said the Government was working to support young carers better.