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Young carers

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Calendar icon Children and Young People

Folder icon Jan 2017 - Dec 2018

Past research into young carers has often involved recruitment through specialist services or carers’ groups, or through large surveys or the census. This has generated much useful evidence but due to the small sample sizes and possible under identification of young carers, questions remained as to how comparable some of the evidence was within a wider population. 

In 2017, we undertook research using a population survey of school pupils in Glasgow. Almost one in eight pupils reported caring for someone in the household. Those caring were more likely not to see themselves entering further or higher education compared with their counterparts, and also reported poorer health, particularly if caring for someone with mental health or addictions issues. The report found that Glasgow could have many more carers than previously thought, therefore a whole-systems approach across public services may be required to ensure that all carers have control over their lives and adequate support to realise their full potential.   

Following this Glasgow-focussed research, we undertook further analysis using school survey data for Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde. The reports had similar findings to the Glasgow study, with numbers of young carers appearing higher than previously thought, but there were differences in outcomes for the young carers between each geographical area.

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