Being a Young Carer

Being a young carer

Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up

  • It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.
  • Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.
  • In a survey, 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.
  • 26% have been bullied at school because of their caring role.
  • 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.

Source: Carers Trust

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Young Carers and Carers Trust CPN staff visited groups across Norfolk in order to hear from over 200 young carers and young adult carers. This is what they said:

218 young carers responded
78 said they receive no support

37.16% care for a sibling
50% care for a parent
3.21% care for a grandparent
9.63% care for someone outside of this demographic

51% of young carers said no one in their school, college or workplace knew about their caring role

1 in 3 young carers care for someone with a mental health issue

55% of young carers started caring between the ages of 5 and 8
25% of young carers said they had been bullied because they are a carer, or didn't want to talk about it
86% of young carers said they have never spoken to their GP about their caring role
9 young carers out of 218 said they . receive support online
11% of young carers said their caring role impacted their school attendance