Reaching out to young kinship carers

Young Australians aged 30 and under who care for younger siblings, young relatives or friends known to them through community or work connections, are invited to complete a survey and participate in an interview to help researchers understand their experiences and the support they need. The information obtained will be used to advocate for better services for these young kinship families.

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Dr Meredith Kiraly and Professor Cathy Humphreys from the University of Melbourne’s Department of Social Work are conducting this unique study.

“We know from the Australian census that there are over 10,000 young kinship carers, who care for siblings or other young relatives and friends in independent households,” Dr Kiraly said.

“Previous research on kinship care suggests that there may be up to eight times as many young kinship carers in multi-generational households.

“However, these young carers are hard to reach. We want to hear about the challenges they face, whether juggling responsibilities at home with school or work, or staying at home and trying to make ends meet.”

Dr Kiraly will also be conducting interviews with young kinship carers and young people who have been cared for by them, and running focus groups with support organisations.

For further information about the study, please visit http://young kinship carers research project or contact Meredith Kiraly at mkiraly@unimelb.edu.au. Click here to access the survey.