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Trust to host Young Carers Summit

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

South London and Maudsley is hosting a Young Carers Summit on Tuesday 4 August to explore how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted young carers.

Children and young people who have caring responsibilities for a family member with mental health needs will share their stories. The summit will include contributions from local young carers projects in the Trust’s boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. Local Southwark MP Neil Coyle will talk about his personal experiences of growing up with a family member who has mental health needs.

The charity Our Time, which helps children and young people who live with or care for a parent with a mental illness, will talk about projects they are working on. Dr Kate Blake-Holmes, a specialist in mental health social work at the University of East Anglia, will present her research on understanding the needs of young carers during Covid-19.

Lucy Brazener, Adult Mental Health Child Safeguarding Manager at South London and Maudsley, said: “This summit aims to shine a light on the experiences of young carers and give professionals more understanding of how to identify and support children and young people who have caring responsibilities”.

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