Carers Trust’s snapshot survey of this hard-to-reach demographic reveals that:
- 46% are getting up in the night to care for loved ones, missing out on their own sleep.
- More than 80% are carrying out caring duties every day or most days of the week.
- One in ten young carers go to the shops unaccompanied to buy essentials for the family.
- Three quarters of these children are providing emotional support by cheering up family members when they are sad.
Carers Trust is calling on politicians, teachers and health and social care professionals, to understand and spot the signs of young carers and urgently prioritise their identification and support for them and their families”
Half of infant young carers under ten are suffering broken sleep to care for family members - Carers Trust
A snapshot survey released by Carers Trust today reveals a high proportion of infant young carers are regularly suffering from broken sleep in order to look after unwell family members.
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