The aim of Young Carers Awareness Day is to identify and raise awareness of the 700,000 young carers across the UK who are caring for a sick or disabled family member. By raising awareness we hope it will help them to get the support they desperately need.
For Young Carers Awareness Day 2018 we carried out a snapshot survey which showed that many five-to-ten year olds, known as infant young carers, are getting up at night to care for a sick family member.
There are around 10,000 young carers between the ages of five and seven providing unpaid care, according to the most recent Census. We know that many go unnoticed and unrecognised and even when they are acknowledged, more needs to be done to support them and their families as a whole.
We found that:
- 46% are getting up in the night to care for family members, missing out on their own sleep.
- More than 80% are carrying out caring duties every day or most days of the week.
- One in ten young carers go the shops unaccompanied to buy essentials for the family.
- Three quarters of these children are providing emotional support by cheering up family members when they are sad.
We spoke to Lottie, who started caring for her disabled brother, when she was just three years old. Now, 22, she tells us what it was like to be a very young carer.
Find out more about Lottie's story.
Young Carers Awareness Day 2018 highlights
Carers, Carers Trust Network Partners, teachers, health professionals, schools, politicians and many, many organisations and individuals showed their massive support for our day. See just some of our highlights.
Find out more about young carers
Find out more about young carers and the help and support available.
FREE materials to use in Young Carers Awareness Day 2018 events and activities
See our materials to use in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.