Young Carers Identification Card Launched

30th January 2017

 

Working alongside NHS Tayside and Perth & Kinross Council, PKAVS have pioneered the launch of an identification card scheme for young carers across Perth & Kinross.

PKAVS hosted a launch event on Friday 27th January 2017, which saw over 70 professionals from statutory and third sectors attend. John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Minister for Education and skills was one of the speakers and supporters of the event.

Billy Morrison, PKAVS Young Carers Coordinator said, “The launch event was important as the Young Carers Identification Card will only benefit the young people we support if all agencies work in partnership to promote it positively and understand what it is for and what they need to do, if they are presented with the card’.

The Young Carers Identification Card will be used in predominantly education and healthcare settings (but also anywhere else useful for the young carer).

The card will enable children aged 8 to 16 in a caring role to be recognised as a young carer, increase the confidence of the young carer to manage their caring role, allow medical professionals to share appropriate information with the young carer at their discretion, and assist schools in identifying young carers and putting measures in place to support them.

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