Young Carers

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 18th September 2019.

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Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

I welcome the information that Mary Fee has shared with us, which illustrates the practical and tangible support that can be put in place for young carers.

Mary Fee recounted circumstances in which there are perhaps difficulties and challenges in the interaction of young people with the school, whether that relates to homework not being presented or young people not being able to get to school on time. Schools should focus on the experiences of individual young people. If we are to sign up to the getting it right for every child agenda, we should be engaging and understanding the needs of every single child. That is the founding ethos of our education system and the curriculum for excellence.

Obviously, those are significant policy approaches that the Government supports. I am grateful to Mary Fee for putting on the record the specific ways in which support is being offered in Renfrewshire, and I am happy to support that.