One In Four Young Carers Are Bullied At School

Over two thirds of young carers aged 8-16 say they have been bullied at school, with one quarter (26 per cent) of young adult carers aged 14-25 saying that the bullying was directly related to their caring role, according to a new report.

The report by Carers Trust also showed higher rates of physical and mental health issues among young carers, with 38 per cent reporting a mental health problem and 29 percent describing their own physical health as 'just ok'.

There are seven million carers in the UK and over half the population will act as a carer at some point in our lives.

Recent statistics show that over 235,000 of young adult carers aged 16-24 care for up to 19 hours per week, and over 37,000 young carers care for more than 50 hours per week.

To put that into context, an ONS survey into lifestyle habits showed that 16-24 year olds spend on average 17.5 hours per week using a computer.

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Thea Stein, Chief Executive of Carers Trust said: "It is bad enough to hear this from adult carers but to hear this from children and young people is truly shocking.

"Returning to study after the summer break can be daunting for many young people but imagine being a young carer who not only has to get themselves ready for school, often having been woken through the night, but also has to get the person that they care for, and possibly other family members, ready for the day ahead.

"And then having finally reached school, to know that it's not a safe place to be because of the bullying.

"Many young carers tell us that they are exhausted even before they get to school or college. This means that they are tired and less likely to concentrate on school work.

"They often struggle with finding the time to do homework too and we know that YACs between 16 and 18 years old are twice as likely to not be in education, employment or training. And of course, our report shows that many of them are bullied, making life as a young carer very very difficult."

The report comes from charity Carers Trust, which is holding a Britain's Best Breakfast fundraiser to support unpaid carers.