Findings on infant carers from Young Carers Awareness Day 2018

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Findings on infant carers from Young Carers Awareness Day 2018

Young Carers Awareness Day aims to identify and raise awareness of young carers in the UK. These children and young people care for a family member (or family members) with a disability, mental health condition or chronic illness.

Last year, Carers Trust carried out a survey of infant young carers (between the ages of five and ten) and the findings demonstrate more support is needed. The results show many of these children are having to wake up in the night to care for a family member. This not only leads to sleep deprivation but the knock-on effect impacts their school work and mental and physical wellbeing.

Carers Trust found that:

  • Nearly half (46%) of infant carers are waking up in the night to care for family members.
  • More than 80% carry out caring duties every day or the majority of days in the week.
  • One in ten infant young carers walk to the shops unaccompanied to buy essentials.
  • Three quarters of these children provide emotional support to their family member despite being ten years old or under.

A recent Census showed there are around 10,000 young carers between five and seven years of age providing care. To find out more about Young Carers Awareness Day 2019 and how Carers Trust supports young carers, take a look at the Carers Trust website.

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