The Department of Education and Skills recently invited submissions from interested groups on their Statement of Strategy 2016 – 2018. Family Carers Ireland’s submission focuses on young carers and young adult carers within the education system. Recent research undertaken by NUIG found that as many as 11.5 percent of the young people they spoke to said they provide regular, unpaid personal help for a family member with a long-term illness, health problem or disability. Comparisons with census data from the UK also suggest the number of young carers in Ireland is likely underestimated. The National Youth Strategy included reference to young carers, but, disappointingly the recently published Programme for Government made no mention of this group.
The submission also highlights actions within the National Carers’ Strategy for which the Department of Education and Skills has responsibility, and addresses difficulties faced by children with disabilities.
The submission can be read in full here.