“Informal help is a determining factor in poverty and social exclusion”


“Informal help is a determining factor in poverty and social exclusion”
Written by madishthestylebar

Lhe end-of-year celebrations are a time when the value of family gives the feeling of an infinite mise en abyme, according to each advertisement, novel or song. From home to home, children are represented perky at the sight of a glossy wrapping paper or at the discovery of a colorful greeting card. A moment that can also be adorned with anxiety.

What, then, is the tipping point of childish utopianism? One student per class feels responsible for the joy to communicate to his loved ones on New Year’s Eve. One pupil per class, in France, would be the number of young people providing regular help to a sick or disabled parent (Ipsos-Macif 2020 figures).

For this youth, an ignored pillar of Social Security, New Year’s Eve has a bittersweet flavor. It is an opportunity to be at the side of the sick loved one, but the end-of-year celebrations are also synonymous with increased pressure linked to the constant presence of the parent concerned: you have to shop, cook, wash, smile, marvel – even when we’re tired. And if, for the new year, the legislator were (finally) interested in these young carers to bring them… a deserved respite?

An awareness campaign

The government of Edouard Philippe was the first to mention adult caregivers by mentioning them in its bill aimed at promoting the recognition of caregivers. It was a commendable first step, taken in 2019, and during which – with the associative fabric – we were heard. Now is the time to take the next step.

So the 1er January, the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union began. The Swedes will punctuate the calendar of priorities and meetings. Their programme, as just presented, includes the modernization of social security coordination rules and is accompanied by an ambition to strengthen the rights of children and people with disabilities. These are the perfect ingredients to put young carers on the menu. What is France waiting for to sit down there?

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To begin with, an awareness campaign should be proposed on social networks, in order to speak to young carers in Europe, so that they put a name to who they are and no longer see themselves as isolated phenomena in the midst of a home.

Then, during the past quarter, 34% of these young people were absent at least once to accompany their sick loved one. What about tolerance for this type of absence? At a time when many young caregivers would have liked to benefit from a form of empathy from the teaching staff, the latter do not know how to react. We can’t blame them, we have to inform them.

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