The report, entitled Full of Care, aimed to show the barriers young carers face achieving the rights laid out by the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, such as the right to education, to relax and play and to have their views respected.
The document included the research project All Right Gov' that Powys Carers Service carried out in Summer 2008, travelling all over Wales to meet other young carers projects and listening to their experiences.
The report made a number of recommendations to both Welsh Government and local service boards as well as local authorities, health and The Department of Children, Education Lifelong Learning and Skills.
Early identification and intervention
The fact that 54% of young carers in this survey felt that they only got support in a crisis underlines the importance of early identification and intervention. However, the young carers who took part in this survey were those who had been identified and were receiving support.
Much of the existing guidance is intended to prevent crises arising through early identification and intervention. It is clear though that there is often a considerable gap between national policy and local practice.
The message ‘Too little, too late’ still resonates today.