Things you need to know about young carers
There are probably more young carers out there than you think. They take on extra responsibilities, like dressing the person they look after, cooking, cleaning, shopping, collecting prescriptions. It's a lot to take on as a child.
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facts about young carers
young carers aged 5-17 care for an adult or family member in the UK
of young carers aged 11-15 miss school
Being a young carer
Facts about young carers
By definition, young carers are under the age of 18, but there is no lower age limit. We have worked with those as young as five years old but there could be carers who are even younger.
Growing up should be about exploring and finding out who you are. But for young carers who have to look after a loved one, it's a little more tricky.
Having to care for someone can often mean missing school or having to bail on friends. It can put their childhood on the back burner. Many young carers, and the people around them, don't even realise they're carers.
39% said nobody in their school was even aware of their caring responsibilities
Caring for themselves
Over one third have a mental health issue
Carers provide vital support for their loved ones, whether this is for physical or mental health problems. However, their own mental health is often overlooked.
Even before the pandemic, over one third of young carers reported having a mental health problem. Now, due to the added stress and worry brought on by Covid-19, more young carers are struggling with their well-being.
Something else that needs more attention is support as they move into adulthood.
Only 13% are properly supported into adulthood
The transition assessment is a legal requirement under the Care Act (2014). It is there to take into account the changes in support needed when a young carer moves from childhood to adulthood. However, 87% of young carers do not receive this assessment.
The assessment would allow them to consider future options such as going to university or college, getting more training, doing an apprenticeship or apply for paid employment.
Help for young carers
Supporting young carers
Many young people cope well with caring. But equally it is important for all young carers to know there are places where they can get help.
To learn that other people were going through the same thing was amazing