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An invisible population—young carers in Aotearoa New Zealand

An invisible population—young carers in Aotearoa New Zealand

Hanna, Sue ORCID: 0000-0002-0198-3358 and Chisnell, Charlotte (2019) An invisible population—young carers in Aotearoa New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 31 (2). pp. 7-17. ISSN 2463-4131 (doi:https://doi.org/10.11157/anzswj-vol31iss2id636)

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: This paper discusses the situation of young carers, a population of children, young people and young adults who have received little attention in Aotearoa New Zealand social policy, social work practice and research.

METHOD: The authors draw attention to the status and needs of this group through a review of literature and through their reflections, as two English-registered social workers, on practice with young carers in the United Kingdom.

FINDINGS AND IMPLICATIONS: The paper argues that young carers are a vulnerable, invisible group who require recognition and respect. Using a children’s rights framework,
it is suggested that more attention should be given by social workers to understanding the complexity of this role, and the rights of young carers as children under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: young carers, Aotearoa New Zealand, social work, children, caring
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Centre for Applied Social Research
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Health & Society Research Group
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 09:22
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26747

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