Abstract

This briefing looks at Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) young carers and their specific and unique needs.

Barnardo’s research, based on interviews with BAME young carers and practitioners found:

  • Many young south Asian carers were far too often being relied upon as interpreters, relaying technical and deeply personal medical information between patients and doctors, which can lead to misdiagnosis and increased anxiety within families.
  • The concept of a young carer is unfamiliar to many BAME communities as helping your family and extended family is often expected.
  • Often BAME families do not want agencies involved as there is a deep mistrust of social services, or authorities and they are fearful of their families being split up.
  • There is stigma within many BAME communities in acknowledging mental health and disability issues and in seeking support.