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Young Carers

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) support services and (b) financial assistance is in place to support young carers in Northern Ireland. (80948)

Young carers have a legal entitlement to an assessment of their care needs which is aimed both at supporting them in their caring role, and at helping to ensure that their education and development do not suffer. Schools have been alerted to the difficulties faced by young carers and to recognise this in their pastoral care policies in the publication “Evaluating Pastoral Care” issued by the Education and Training Inspectorate in 1999. In pursuit of the recommendations of the strategy “Caring for Carers”, published by the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety earlier this year, officials will, in conjunction with the Department of Education, be distributing a DVD later this year on the needs of young carers as a training aide to staff within the Health and Social Services and the Education sector.

Carers over 16 years of age may be entitled to social security benefits such as carer’s allowance and/or income support if they satisfy the appropriate qualifying conditions.