Young Carers Awareness Day raises awareness of the challenges faced by young carers and campaigns for greater support for them. It's an annual event, led by Carers Trust, and this year it took place on 30 January 2020.
Every day across the UK thousands of young people help to look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.
Recent research shows that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer. For many, their caring journey begins at a much younger age. Caring for someone can be very isolating, worrying and stressful. For young carers, this can negatively impact on their experiences and outcomes in education, having a lasting effect on their life chances.
Count Me In!
Through the Count Me In! campaign Carers Trust is calling on compulsory education providers to do more to proactively identify young carers and to ensure that they receive the recognition and support they deserve.
On Young Carers Awareness Day our supporters got involved on social media with #CountMeIn and #YoungCarersAwarenessDay.