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A girl helped by Spurgeons young carers service looking directly at the camera.

Latest census data tells us that there are more than 244,000 young carers in the UK. However, this is still considered to be a significant underestimation on the real figures.

12 yrs
Average age of a young carer

Young carers are more likely to be bullied by their peers

Young carers who care for up to 50 hours a week

Young carers are more likely to live in low-income families

Who are young carers?

“I come to Spurgeons because I can get a few hours away from caring and enjoy myself, you treat me with respect.”
- Wolverhampton Young Carer

Family circumstances mean that from an early age some children and young people provide regular or ongoing care and support to another family member as a result of them having a physical or mental illness, a disability, or are struggling with substance misuse. Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.

Young adult carers aged between 16 and 18 years are twice as likely to be not in education, employment, or training (NEET).

Young carers are in a position where they have to assume a level of responsibility that would normally only be asked of an adult. The stress and anxiety that this can cause can leave them feeling isolated and unsupported. Many miss out on their childhood and youth as time constraints make it impossible for them to attend school or take part in leisure activities with their peers.

"Spurgeons have a professional approach to their work and have clear understanding of the needs of both the Council and the service users"
- Local Authority Commissioner

We currently work with over 2,500 young carers

Spurgeons support these children and young people to overcome the challenges they face. We work in partnership with other agencies to support young carers and young adult carers (18-25), individually and within their families in a range of ways.

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