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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