A new ID card scheme for young carers in Doncaster has been officially launched by one of the borough’s MPs.
The cards will identify people as young carers and let medical professionals know the person they care for has given consent for them to discuss issues, including medication.
Rosie Winterton joined members of Doncaster’s young carers’ council at the Doncaster Dome for the launch event.
The Doncaster Central MP encouraged more young carers to apply through their school or college.
She said: “An ID card is an easy way of giving adults, in particular teachers and medical personnel, information about a young person’s responsibilities.
“Often young people find it difficult to talk about their situation or ask for support, and their school and home lives suffer as a result.
“The Young Carers Card will help to raise awareness and develop understanding of their roles, and I’d urge young people who care for someone to speak to their school or college about the card.”
Young carers along with more than 50 professionals from agencies across Doncaster – including schools, colleges, the police, hospitals and Doncaster Council – began the scheme last year.
For more details about young carers in Doncaster visit www.barnardos.org.uk/youngcarers, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the service on 01302 366680.