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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.
In the meantime, don't miss these stories and resources:
- BBC News has a story run an article based on our analysis of young carers, Young carers 'see education and job prospects damaged'
- Kelly, a young carer featured in the BBC News story, shares her story of caring for her mother
- BBC Newsround has run a story about young carers, as well
- Joanne, a young carer, shares her experience caring for her older brother
- Our Young Carers in Focus project enables young carers across the UK to share their stories and get their voices heard using a safe social networking site - there are many excellent videos and blogs by young carers on the site
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.