New research reveals that over one third of young people aged 11-18 in Great Britain who give up time to care for someone they live with are experiencing widespread problems with their mental wellbeing.
Carers Trust and student carers welcome UCAS' announcement that it will give carers the option to identify themselves when they apply to university.
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.