New research has revealed that the number of young carers in England is significantly higher than
previously estimated at 800,000. Research commissioned by the BBC and carried out by Nottingham University shows that there are a staggering six young carers in every secondary school class. This means that in Surrey, we have over 13,000 secondary school age children working to support parents, siblings and other family members.
The young carers have always been there, but are often undetected, meaning children are left to manage on their own, often struggling, isolated and failing to thrive. Being a young carer can affect a child’s school attendance, educational achievement, mental and physical health, and future life chances.
In Surrey, Surrey Young Carers, part of Action for Carers, works to support these children.
We offer free, impartial information and support to young carers and their families on minimising the
impact of their caring role. We also provide workshops, forums, fun activities and groups. We give young carers time out from caring and help them to achieve their full potential. We also offer training to health, social care and educational professionals. Young carers can get in touch on 01483 568269, or visit our website www.surrey-youngcarers.org.uk
“Now I’m at uni I’m heading into my third year studying costume design and making, which
is very fun! And I’m really, really glad that I was a part of Surrey Young Carers because if it
wasn’t for them, no way would I be at university now. More than likely I would be homeless
or would have been homeless 100% at one point. And I would definitely be struggling a lot
more with mental health and wellbeing issues.” Young Carer, Surrey
“As soon as I joined Surrey Young Carers, things started to get easier. Finally I met other
people in the same boat as me, who I could talk through my experiences with, and I have a
better social life too. It’s made such a difference.” Young Carer, Surrey
Free resource for Surrey schools – ‘People Like Us’
We also have a resource for schools to help teachers and pupils identify and support the young carers in their midst. ‘People Like Us’ was launched earlier this year, and is being given free to all Surrey’s schools.
Research from Carers Trust has shown 68% of young carers are bullied in school – and miss an average of 48 school days because of their caring role. Often teachers are not aware of the young carers in their class – 39% of young carers said that nobody in their school knew about their caring role.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
Barbara Cormie, Marketing and Communications Manager, Action for Carers Surrey
Tel 01483 302748 | Mobile 07966 396217 | Email [email protected]
Amanda Yarker, Assistant Manager, Surrey Young Carers, Action for Carers Surrey
Tel 01483 568269 x208 | Mobile 07714 076263 | Email [email protected]