Spotlight on Young Carers

Last changed: Wednesday 10 August, 2016

Young Carers Awareness Day – Thursday, January 28 2016 – shines a spotlight on the role of young carers across the UK.

It recognises the vast range of tasks young carers carry out, day-in-day-out – highlighting how some children are missing out on their childhoods because they are looking after their parents or siblings.

Young Carers Awareness Day at Carers’ Resource

  • In Harrogate young carers will be taking part in a special Q&A session and quizzing a panel of local politicians and decision makers to promote greater understanding of their needs among influential people so they can live a full life just like their friends.
  • 11 year old young carer Callum Filkin has featured in an article in the Yorkshire Post. Read more here.

And of course Young Carers’ Resource supports young carers and young adult carers in the Harrogate and Craven districts of North Yorkshire every day of the year.

Carers’ Resource Director, Chris Whiley, says:

The national research paints a bleak picture and mirrors what we see as we work hard to support the growing number of young carers in Harrogate and Craven districts.

Their caring role never stops – whether they are at home or at school – and neither does the burden of worry that they shoulder.

Today provides a perfect opportunity for us to reach out into the community and demystify who young carers are, what invaluable work they have to do – and what they are missing out on in childhood as a result.”

Young carers on a special visit to the House of Commons with Harrogate MP Andrew Jones

Young carers on a special visit to the House of Commons with Harrogate MP Andrew Jones

About Young Carers

A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem. Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister.

  • Recent Census data reveals there are 175,000 young carers in the UK – but this figure is likely to be much higher
  • A BBC survey revealed there were a staggering, estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK
  • Eight per cent of school children are Young Carers, that’s two Young Carers in each class
  • 80% of young carers say they are missing out on what other children their age are doing because of their caring role
  • Almost a quarter of those surveyed are caring for more than 20 hours a week

That is why on Young Carers Awareness Day, January 28, 2016, Carers’ Resource and Carers Trust are highlighting the plight of the thousands of young and young adult carers across the UK who are working tirelessly to provide care and support for family and friends while juggling school and college or being NEET (not in education, employment or training) because of their caring role.