We define a ‘Young Adult Carer’ as anyone aged between 17-24 that is significantly impacted by the diagnosed health condition, disability or substance misuse of a close relative. This means someone they live with or see on a daily basis.
Did you know?
Based on the 2011 Census, there are more than 375,000 Young Adult Carers (aged 16-25) in the UK. However, there are likely to be far more as many young adults choose to hide their caring role or do not identify themselves as Carers.
A 2013 Carers Trust survey of Young Adult Carers found that 45% reported having mental health problems, including anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
The survey also found that 45% of those responding to the survey who had left school said that they would have got better grades if they were not a Carer
Of those surveyed, only 67% of the Young Adult Carers in work had informed their managers of their caring role – with a shocking 41% of those reporting that their managers were not supportive.