An amazing performance by critically acclaimed rap artist, Tricky P. ‘Lucky’ The Young Carer Rap video highlights the important research conducted by the Vanier Institute of the Family on Young Carers.
When we think of people providing care to adults and seniors, we tend to picture an older family member. Yet researchers have found that approximately 12% of young Canadians aged 12-17 are ‘young carers’. These children are caring for a family member who has an illness, a disability, or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse.
Carers don’t choose to become carers: it just happens and they have to get on with it; if they did not do it, who would and what would happen to the person they care for?
Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. Children as young as six years of age are assisting parents, siblings and grandparents in ways that exceed what is typically expected.
The research and video is intended to bring awareness of young carers to other youth, organizations, companies and individuals alike who can acknowledge, appreciate and support their unrecognized contribution and challenges. By heightening public awareness, it is hoped that in addition to recognition, additional funding, support and resources will be made available to young carers from coast to coast.