Sarah Simons

Why colleges must do more to support young carers

Coordinators, CPD and clear questions on application forms would help, says one former learner-carer

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There are 314,000 young adult carers in England and Wales. This equates to more than one in 20 young people aged between 16 and 24. They often care for a parent or other relative with disabilities, long-term illness or mental health conditions. Being a regular care provider can help a young person to develop a wealth of valuable skills and qualities, many of which are highly desirable in the workplace, but it can also have a detrimental effect on the young carer’s health, wellbeing and their time in education.

At the age of 10, Emily Hicks became a carer for her mum Sue, who has bipolar ...

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