Responding to the support needs of children and young people caring for parents with HIV

Ruth Evans and Saul Becker

in Children caring for parents with HIV and AIDS

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420220
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301769 | DOI:
Responding to the support needs of children and young people caring for parents with HIV

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This chapter focuses on the support needs of children and young people who care for parents with HIV, and discusses local and global strategies and responses. It also discusses the implications of young people's caring roles for the needs and requirements for support of families affected by HIV/AIDS. The chapter examines the perspectives of young people, parents, and service providers on their support needs in Tanzania and the UK. It discusses service providers' views of the development of services and support for this hidden group of young people and their suggested improvements to existing service provision. The chapter explores debates about targeting support for children caring for parents/relatives with HIV, issues of disclosure of HIV status for accessing services, and providers's views on whether efforts should be focused on preventing children being drawn into caring roles or on responding to children's support needs once they have taken on caring responsibilities.

Keywords: children's support needs; parents with HIV; strategies and responses; Tanzania; development of services; HIV status; caring roles

Chapter.  15208 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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