Young adult carers are disadvantaged in their education, employment and wellbeing.
These reports present evidence on the impact of caring unpaid for a family member or friend on the lives of young adult carers, using research carried out by the University of Nottingham. It represents the first large-scale survey of young adult carers aged 14-25.
Key findings are that young adult carers:
- Miss or cut short multiple days of school, college, university or work each year because of their caring role.
- Have higher rates of poor mental and physical health than the average young person.
- Rarely receive the assessments they are entitled to, with only 22% of those surveyed receiving a formal assessment of their needs by the local authority.
These reports include recommendations for local and national policy-makers.
- Read the full England report Time to be Heard: A Call for Recognition and Support for Young Adult Carers (PDF, 393KB)
- Read our Scotland report – Time to be Heard for Young Adult Carers - Bridging the Gap: Young Adult Carers in Scotland (PDF, 420KB)
- Read our Wales report - Time to be Heard: A Call for Better Support for Carers in Wales (PDF, 3.3MB)
- Read our Wales report (Welsh version) - Amser i Gael Eich Clywed Cymru (PDF, 3.7MB)
You can also read more research from Carers Trust in reports on young adult carers at school, college and work.