Young Carers Awareness Day 2018

Today marks Young Carers Awareness Day. The aim of the day is to identify and raise awareness of the 700,000 young carers across the UK. 

A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem. Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister.

The 2018 campaign, presented by Carers Trust-a major charity for, with and about carers-highlights a section of carers that I was unfamiliar with, Infant young carers.

The number of infant young carers, aged 5-7, is rising at an alarming rate (83% increase since 2001). There are around 10,000 young carers between the ages of five and seven providing unpaid care, according to the most recent Census.

More needs to be done to support them and their families. Carers Trust hope that by raising awareness, it will help get the support it so desperately needs.

Help spread the word about this cause by using #youngcarers!