In collaboration with Swansea University, a new study published today by Public Health Wales evidences the negative impact that caring responsibilities have on educational participation in those aged 16-22, and how this has the greatest impact on those living in the most deprived areas.
The research brings together National Survey for Wales data over three years and found that:
1 in 5 young people aged 16 – 22 years in Wales have caring responsibilities;
Males and females in this age group are equally likely to be young carers;
Overall, the proportion of young people in full-time education is lower amongst young carers (45 per cent in carers, compared to 54 per cent in non-carers), and this difference is greater in those living in more deprived areas.