It goes without saying that care in the UK is way under funded. Care agencies are having difficulties due to lack of sufficient funding from councils, care workers are not paid sufficiently to acknowledge the responsibilities they have and need to the persons they are caring for. This is where councils are spending a good portion of their care finances and therefore there is little left over to cover the financial responsibilities to unpaid family carers be they adult or children.
When it come to child carers you have the additional factor of disclosure to the local authorities as the families fear that if their LA knows that their children are caring are caring for their parents, then the children will be taken into care, thus fracturing the family unit.
In many respects local authorities are not trusted by the population, as there is a fear of the assumed and at times the real power these authorities have. Where there is no trust there will always be a reluctance to provide full disclosure.
Councils and also Government need to be more open and transparent regarding their motives and actions and then there could be a move for more trust to be forthcoming. Also local authorities are in extreme need of receiving sufficient funding from Government to undertake all their responsibilities, if not good quality caring in the UK will continue to be reduced and therefore more atrocities, such as ‘Winterborne‘ will be emerging and time is exceedingly short to put this right.
- About 130,000 carers aged five to 17 may be unknown to local authorities
- Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield said it was ‘absolutely unacceptable’
- Councils prioritised legal duty to assess referrals over providing support
They are barely able to look after themselves, but scores of infants are caring for a relative, a shocking report has revealed.
A staggering 160 children aged under five are looking after a family member, the research found.
And about 130,000 carers aged five to 17 may be unknown to local authorities, according to the Children’s Commissioner for England.
A staggering 160 children aged under five are looking after a family member, the research found. File pic
Anne Longfield said it was ‘absolutely unacceptable’ that so many young carers were going under the radar and she accused town halls of failing them.
She also warned that this is likely to be the tip of the iceberg because councils did…
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