Young Carers feel lonely during school holidays
Action for Children and Carers Trust teamed up to survey young carers under the age of 18. The research showed that not only are children and young people feeling isolated during the summer holidays, they are worrying about discussing how they spent it upon returning to school.
The research found:
· Almost three quarters (72%) of young carers feel lonely during the summer holidays.
· Nearly half spend in excess of four hours per day caring for a family member during the summer.
· One in five have never experienced a summer holiday with their family.
· More than two thirds feel more stressed or worried than usual during the holidays.
· The majority of young carers (more than half) worry about discussing how they spent their summer when they return to school.
When there is an 700,000 children and young people caring for a family member across the UK, research such as this shows more needs to be done in the way of support and breaking down stigma.