Five year olds care for druggies

May 3, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgLarge numbers of Oxford children, some as young as five, are forced to care for their alcoholic and drugabusing parents, according to figures recently released by Oxfordshire County Council. The shocking statistics suggest that about 4,000 children between the ages of five and 19 are looking after adults classified as suffering from ‘mental health or substance misuse problems.’ Furthermore, the work of these children is neither acknowledged nor classified by the authorities, since they are not included in the estimates of those with relatives who are diagnosed with physical and mental illness or disability. Officially, there are 54,435 unpaid carers in Oxfordshire, while 1,300 of those are young people. This figure, however, does not take into account children with alcoholic or drug-addicted parents. The estimate of 4,000 children acting as carers for their parents was provided by the Social Services for the district. Caring for disabled parents within the family saves the state millions of pounds each year. In an attempt to ameliorate the situation, an officer has been appointed for the support of children who find themselves in this predicament.ARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004last_img read more