Information for Professionals

If you are a professional supporting someone who might be a young carer, you’ve come to the right place! Carers, particularly young carers, are one of the most hidden vulnerable groups of people and we are here to support you to support them.

Take this Quiz

Try this quick quiz to see how much you already know about young carers in schools:  

  1. How many young carers are there in the UK?
  2. On average, how many young carers are there in each classroom?
  3. Up to 80% of young carers are missing out on what other children their age are doing. True or False?
  4. Young carers do better than their peers at GCSE level? True or False?
  5. What percentage of young carers aged 11-15 miss school due to caring responsibilities? 16%    27%     35%.
  6. What is the average age of a young carer?
  7. What percentage of young carers are bullied simply because they are helping or caring for someone?
  8. Most young carers don’t want to go to college or university. True or False?
  9. There are young carers as young as five. True or False?

 

Some of the answers to those questions, along with some more facts about young carers, can be read here: The Children’s Society – Facts About Young Carers.

Click here for the other answers.  

Schools Award

We have created a Schools Award with some of our young carers, after talking to them about how their experience as a young carer in school could be improved. It will help your school to better support young carers and be recognised for that.  

Other useful information

Quiz Answers

1.The Children’s society 2023 estimated there to be 800,000 young carers in the UK.

2. There are an estimated two young carers in every classroom.

3. True. A Carers Trust survey found that 80% of young carers were missing out on their childhood because of their caring role.

4. False. Young carers don’t do as well at GCSE level as their peers (juggling caring and education can be tough!).

5. 28%

6. The average age of a young carer is 11 yrs old.

7. In recent research, a quarter (26%) were bullied at school because they are helping or caring for someone.

8. False. The majority (84%) in a recent survey, said they intended to go to university or college.

9. True. Some services are working with younger or infant carers aged 5–8 Carers in Bedfordshire supports Young carers from aged 4 yrs.