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The role of formal care services in supporting young people who provide unpaid care in England

Brimblecombe, Nicola, Stevens, Madeleine, King, Derek and Knapp, Martin ORCID: 0000-0003-1427-0215 (2020) The role of formal care services in supporting young people who provide unpaid care in England. Journal of Youth Studies. ISSN 1367-6261

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13676261.2020.1828848

Abstract

A large proportion of long-term care for people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions is provided by unpaid carers, including young people, with potential impacts on their education, employment and health. Supporting carers is a focus of long-term care practice and policy in many countries. A key part of this support in England is through provision of services to the person with care needs (often called ‘replacement’ care). We aimed to explore the role of replacement care services in supporting young adult carers’ health, education, and employment. We used a mixed-methods approach: self-completed questionnaires and in-depth follow-on interviews. We found ways in which services supported young adult carers but, contrary to previous research, receipt of services by the person with care needs was not associated with better reported carer outcomes in our survey. One key reason for this finding was that not enough services were received to meet care needs and alleviate unpaid caring to a level or type compatible with better outcomes. The wider economic and political context of our study, during fiscal austerity and cuts to social care budgets, and the particular circumstances of young adult carers may offer further explanations.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjys20/current
Additional Information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Social Policy
Health Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2020 13:51
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2020 07:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/106619

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