Dame Philippa Russell, Vice-President, Carers UK
I warmly welcome this important new resource for young carers. For much too long young carers have been a 'hidden army', often misunderstood whilst struggling to support a much- loved family member, maintain their education and look to the future. That future can seem very frightening, but this book offers not only a range of practical information for young carers and those who support them. It reminds us of the importance of relationships and peer support and the real possibility of a good and valued life as a young carer.
Daniel Phelps, The University of Winchester, www.youngcarers.info
Can I Tell You About Being a Young Carer? is packed with important insights into the range of struggles that children with caring responsibilities will relate to. Presented in a gentle, positive and accessible way it will be helpful to the many children with caring roles, their friends, family and those who support them.
While this story and its good accompanying black and white pictures is aimed at younger people, it will also be excellent for adults who work with young carers and need to understand what they may be dealing with. There are useful resources at the back of the book, both for children and families and for professionals. An excellent and moving story about one young carer and the problems she faces on a daily basis.