New study finds a million young carers

    The number of young carers could be four times higher than official
    figures suggest, a charity has claimed.

    More than a million people aged up to 19 care for someone with a
    disability, illness or health problem in England, Wales and
    Scotland, according to research commissioned by the Princess Royal
    Trust for Carers.

    The 2001 population census found that around 225,000 people aged up
    to 19 in the UK carried out a caring role.

    But the trust said the census was filled in by parents of young
    people who might not admit that their child was looking after them
    or caring for a brother or sister and under-represented the number
    of young carers.

    Alex Fox, young carers development co-ordinator at the trust, said:
    “We believe only a tiny percentage of young carers are getting the
    help they need. More research needs to be done, but these figures
    should be a wake-up call for councils that ignore the needs of
    young people looking after someone.”

    The survey covered more than 1,300 seven to 19 year olds. 

    – Study from www.youngcarers.net

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