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02 April 2022
10 min read
Volume 3 · Issue 2

‘It's harder than anyone understands and I feel like I'm drowning.’ There has been a steep rise in the time young carers spend looking after family members, yet more than half say they receive little to no support from their school.

There has been a steep rise in the time young carers spend looking after family members, yet more than half say they receive little to no support from their school.

A warning has been issued by the Carers Trust after new research found that many young carers, such as the young person quoted above, feel stressed, lonely, and anxious.

A third (36%) of young carers report caring for 20 to 49 hours a week, with 14% caring for 50-plus hours a week.

The study involved almost 600 UK young carers and young adult carers aged 12 to 25 and found that 53% said the amount of time they spend caring per week has increased in the past year.

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