Opinion: Focus on... Young carers

Run by UK Youth, 'perspectives on young carers' will present the findings of a report of the same name. It will be addressed by patron The Princess Royal and Children's Minister Margaret Hodge.

- The 2001 census shows there are 175,000 young carers in the UK. Most go unrecognised and unidentified

- The largest number of young carers are aged 16-17, closely followed by those aged 12-14

- Some young carers are unaware of support services or their area has few of them. Many prefer to be supported in discreet, informal settings, for fear of being stigmatised.

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