Note: Registrations from 9 am for a 9:30am start (Refreshments provided)
Young carers are people up to age 25 who provide ongoing unpaid care to a family member or friend with a disability, chronic condition or mental illness. There are an estimated 30,300 young carers in South Australia, around one-third of whom are under 15 years old.
Young carers are a largely “hidden” group of young people. Young carers are highly vulnerable, as their caring role can have a profound impact on their relationships, their physical and emotional development and their educational and employment opportunities.
What is the Forum about?
The “Young Carers - What Next?” forum will focus on improve engagement of young carers (hidden carers), gain insights into effective and innovative approaches that support young carers and share experiences and strategies around what works and what can be improved upon.
Who is the Forum for?
If you work with children, young people and families, this forum is for you! We welcome carers, health and community sector professionals, education providers and agencies with an interest in identifying, engaging and supporting young carers.
Associate Professor Mathew A. White (Ph.D., The University of Adelaide) is the Director of Well-being & Positive Education at St Peter’s College – Adelaide in Australia. He is a Principal Honorary Fellow and Associate Professor in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne, and an affiliate of Cambridge University’s Well-being Institute. Mathew is also co-editor of Evidence-based Approaches to Positive Education (Springer).
The topic of the keynote will be: Positive education: Implications of the science of positive psychology for people who work with young people.
The panel will comprise people with subject matter knowledge and a young carer who share their knowledge and experience.
When & Where
Carers provide care and ongoing support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail aged.
We consult with carers and work closely with government and other support organisations to improve the lives of caring families throughout South Australia.