Schools reforms ‘failing’ legions of young carers

Nearly a third of young carers in secondary schools are missing lessons or experiencing educational difficulties according to research commissioned by the Department for Education

In those looking after a relative with drug or alcohol problems, the figure rises to 40 per cent

Nearly 70 per cent of young carers say they are bullied and feel isolated at school

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Attendance was found to be an issue for 20 per cent of all young carers, who had a typical attendance rate of 64 per cent before they began to receive support

With support, attendance increased to 81 per cent

A fifth of families engaging with young carer support services were referred for help by schools.