Our survey on the impact of Coronavirus on young carers and young adult carers

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Survey background

A recent Carers UK survey found that 70% of carers are providing more care due to Coronavirus.

And that 35% of carers are providing more care as a result of the closure or reduction of local services.

But only 1% of those surveyed in the Carers UK poll were aged under 24.

This means that there is still a huge evidence gap on how Coronavirus is impacting young carers (aged 12 up to 17) and young adult carers (aged 18 to 25).

Anecdotal evidence from across Carers Trust’s Network of local partners services suggests young carers and young adult carers are being disproportionately impacted.

We have heard concerning reports from our Network that many young carers and young adult carers are experiencing high levels of anxiety and isolation as a result of the lockdown.

Others are finding it hard to access food and medicines.

Survey aims and objectives

This survey seeks to ascertain whether this is true for young carers and young adult carers right across the UK.  And, if so, in what ways.

The survey was developed by consulting with a number of Network Partners and young carers.

It will provide:

  •  Accurate current information about what support young carers/young adult carers would most value.
  • An evidence base for Carers Trust to use strategically to shape services.
  • The basis for a policy briefing to be distributed in early July to influence policy-makers in England, Scotland and Wales to provide the support that young carers and young adult carers actually need.
  •  Key findings to be publicised in UK national and regional media as well as media focusing on children and young people issues.

How to take the survey

If you are aged 12 up to 25 and are either a young carer or a young adult carer, you can take our survey. It only takes 5-10 minutes to complete.

Take our survey

We have also created a Welsh language version of the survey.

 

If you work with young carers or young adult carers, you can share the survey details in three easy ways:

1) Place this copy on your website where it will be read by young/young adult carers:

Calling on all young carers and young adult carers to take a survey on how you’ve been affected by Coronavirus.

Carers Trust has launched a survey to find out how young carers aged from 12 up to 25 have been affected by Coronavirus, and what support they need.

The findings of the survey will help influence the government to give young carers and young adult carers the support they need.

Can you help young carers and young adult carers by adding your voice and filling out the survey? And please spread the word with your friends who are also young carers to make sure as many people as possible take the survey.

The survey is live and will run up to 30 June.

2) Send an email to your networks of young people, asking young carers and young adult carers to take the survey

Calling on all young carers and young adult carers to take a survey on how you’ve been affected by Coronavirus.

Do you provide unpaid care for a family member or friend? Are you aged from 12 up to 25?

If yes, please take a Carers Trust survey to find out how young carers aged from 12 up to 25 have been affected by Coronavirus, and what support they need.

The findings of the survey will help influence the government to give young carers and young adult carers the support they need.

Any carer from 12 up to and including the age of 25 can add their voice and fill out the survey! And please spread the word with your friends who are also young carers to make sure as many young people as possible take the survey.

The survey is live and will run up to 30 June.

3) Send out a tweet calling on young carers and young adult carers to take the survey

Suggested tweet below.

Calling all young carers and young adult carers!

Fill in Carers Trust's survey to help them influence decision makers like the government and help them think of new ways of supporting young carers and young adult carers like you.

Take the survey

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