Black Minority Ethnic (BME) or Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) ‘refers to all groups who are discriminated against on the grounds of their race, culture, nationality or religion’

Teenage boy playing basketball with project worker

'There are so many hidden carers, so many people hiding inside thinking there is no help or if I ask for help I will be discriminated against. I will be stigmatised.' - Young carer

Studies have previously found that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities may be  more likely to experience ill health (Ethnicity and Health (2007), are at greater risk of developing mental health problems (A forward view of Mental Health (2016)) and therefore are more likely to have a health need that is unrecognised and unsupported. In these circumstances their care is likely to fall to other members of their close or extended family, including young people.

This is supported by our research (Hidden from View 2013) that highlighted that young carers are 1.5 times more likely to be from BAME communities.

Other studies have also shown that BAME carers fail to access support because they are unaware that they exists (IRISS 2011). It is clear that there is additional work to be done to ensure that support services are accessible to young carers and families from BAME backgrounds.

The above research has also shown that BME parents with mental  health problems are more likely to experience poverty, unemployment and homelessness, issues that further compound negative impacts for young carers in these communities.