Under the radar: why young carers are missing out on the support they need

A nurse-led initiative is challenging the lack of recognition often felt by child carers
girl and boy at workshop

A nurse-led initiative is challenging the lack of recognition often felt by child carers

  • Nurse consultant was galvanised to act after hearing about the plight of an 11-year-old girl who was her mother’s carer
  • Project team was set up to find out from young carers how the healthcare system failed to recognise their needs and rights
  • Carer ID cards, trust champions and an app are among measures the team believes could be adopted across the healthcare system

One evening, nurses at Whittington Health NHS Trust in London noticed an 11-year-old girl sitting with a patient – her mother – on an adult ward late at night. ‘She had been there all day and nobody had noticed,’ says Colette Datt. ‘She had no idea how to get home.’

After hearing about the


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