Young carers ‘average £12,000 of unpaid work a year’

BBC is reporting that young carers spend an average of 25 hours a week looking after loved ones, new research suggests.

Describing it as a “hidden child workforce”, the charity says the amount of responsibility being placed upon children is “appalling”.

A survey of 383 young carers aged between seven and 18 by the children’s charity, found their care equated to around £240 a week.

Action for Children is calling on the government to give all young carers access to respite service.

It says current provisions are “patchy”, despite the services being a “lifeline” for some young carers.

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