New report says official number of young carers in the UK is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’

Hi everyone,

 

Did anyone in the UK see BBC breakfast this morning? If you did, you’ll know they did a feature on the terrible plight of young carers in he UK. A recent report by the ONS (titled ‘Hidden From View’) suggests that the current official figure for children caring for dependent relatives (currently 25,000) is just the tip of the iceberg, and goes on to examine the detrimental effect it can and does have on these children’s prospects in life.

You might recall that I touched on the plight of young carers a while back, when Mummy’s Little Helper came out. Abby was one such ‘hidden from view’ children, and one of what the report says is 23,000 under nines in exactly the same situation. It’s a shocking statistic, isn’t it?

You can see the  BBC interview and article about the report by clicking here, and if you’d like any more information about young carers, or, indeed, are one, and are looking for sources of advice and support, click here to see my previous post and links to some websites that will hopefully be of use.

Finally, as ever, the more we highlight these issues the more people will feel able to come forward to seek help, so please feel free to share!

Cxx