Posted: 16 May 2013

Young carers and today's census data

This morning, we will release a report about the current state of young carers in this country. Our report will follow the Office for National Statistics' release, at 9.30, of new census data with more information about young carers.

a still frame from a BBC News segment about young carersSo far, we've highlighted the obstacles young carers face on regional BBC radio stations, as well as Radio 4 and 5Live. News about our report has aired on BBC News and on BBC Breakfast.

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More about young carers

Tens of thousands of children across the country are forced to grow up early and miss out on vital educational and recreational opportunities because they care for disabled or chronically ill adults or younger siblings.

According to the 2001 census there are 175,000 young carers in the UK. However, we strongly believe this could just be the tip if the iceberg because young carers are underreported.

Learn more about issues young carers face.

By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital team

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I'm sorry, but I disagree. I was a young carer from the age of 6-18 years old; I cared for my Mother who has MS. I NEVER missed out on vital education. I obtained 10 GCSEs at C and above, I got 3 A A-Levels and became a qualified Nursery Nurse and I attended University where I achieved a 2:1 degree and am now a qualified Social Worker in full-time work. How can you let the public think that young carers do not have this opportunity? Yes, I undertsand that many young carers and their families may not have the funds to put their children through college/university, but my family didn't. I used to care for my Mother 12+ hours a day. Before school, I'd get up at 5am, get myself ready and sort myself out, I'd then assist my Mum out of bed and helped her to get ready and preapre her breakfast. I would then set my Mum up in the living room, making her comfortable before making my way to school. I'd then get home at 4pm, help Mum again, prepare dinner and help Mum to cook it, then do some homework and go to bed. This happened everyday for over 10 years, yet I've been successful in my achievements? I fully support the health and wellbeing of young carers; many are forgotten about and left to fall through the net, but I do not agree that they miss out. I definately didn't, and my peers who were also young carers didn't either. I think it is unfair to inform the public of this when so many young carers do succeed and are not recognised.

Thank you.