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Young Carers the Facts

 

young carers are children and young people who help to look after someone in their family or friends who is disabled, physically or mentally ill or has a substance misuse problem”

 

Young carers can be classified into three age groups; each with distinct characteristics and needs.  These groups are under six, six to 14, and 14 to 17. Young Adult Carers are aged between 18-24 who particularly require support around education and employment. 

 

There are three main types of care which a young carer may be supporting a someone with. These are:

  • physical (e.g. personal care, household jobs, meals, errands)
  • emotional (e.g. listening, being there for them, talking with them, helping them to feel better)
  • taking responsibility (e.g. to keep the person feeling safe, administering medicines, keeping appointments, responsible for getting help if needed)

 

The Bedford Borough Census data from 2011 (ONS 2013) identified that there were 1215 carers aged 0-24 compared to 1058 in 2001.   Across the country there are 166,363 young carers were identified in the 2011 Census which is a 20% increase from the 2001 Census data. Within Bedford Borough there are currently 399 identified young carers / sibling carers known to our Carers Support Service, Carers in Bedfordshire.

 

Latest Carers in Beds news letters can be viewed here

 


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