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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-20583

Young Carers Awareness Day

Submitted by: Clare Adamson, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Friday, January 24, 2020

Supported by: Tom Arthur, Willie Coffey, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin, Liam McArthur, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Alex Rowley, Stewart Stevenson, David Torrance, Maureen Watt, Sandra White

That the Parliament notes that 30 January 2020 marks Young Carers Awareness Day; understands that the annual initiative, led by the Carers Trust and Carers Trust Scotland, seeks to raise awareness of the challenges faced by young carers and calls for greater support; acknowledges research, conducted by the University of Nottingham, which estimates that as many as one-in-five secondary school children may be a young carer; commends the immense contribution that young carers make to society by caring for their family or friends who are ill, disabled or misuse drugs or alcohol; recognises young carers as a vulnerable group of learners and that caring for someone can be isolating and stressful, have a negative impact on the carer’s educational experiences and outcomes, and have a lasting effect on their life chances; supports the CountMeIn! Campaign, which calls on compulsory education providers to do more to proactively identify young carers to ensure that they receive the support they need and deserve; believes that young carers across Scotland must have a fair chance to prosper in education so that they can achieve their true potential in all aspects of their lives, and wishes all those involved in this year’s initiative the very best of luck in their endeavours.