Half spend over four hours a day caring for family – the equivalent of a whole week.
Nearly three quarters (72 per cent) of young carers feel lonely during the summer holidays, according to worrying new research¹ released today by Action for Children and Carers Trust.
A year on from the introduction of the Care Act, a review by Carers Trust has found that the new act has made little or no difference to the 5.4 million carers in England.
The research found that when carers face a lack of understanding about their caring role from the overall community, it impacts their health, wellbeing, relationships and finances.
Young carers have been identified in law as vulnerable. This acknowledgement in law and by Ofsted means that local authorities and schools must step in to stop unsupported caring roles in childhood.
To mark the first anniversary of the Young Carers in School programme (YCiS), 35 participating schools have provided key data showing dramatic impacts on attendance, achievement and confidence of pupils who care for a loved one following their adoption of the programme