Young carers: the support provided to young carers in england

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Children's Commissioner
Office of the Children's Commissioner
Date of publication
27 December 2016
Children and Young People, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This lightning review suggests local authorities are failing to care for a substantial number of young carers. Many of the approximately 130,000 children who are missing out on support are likely to have substantial caring duties.

This review poses questions for local authorities on their pathways for identifying, assessing and supporting young carers.

In order to measure the prevalence of young carers known to local authorities, a survey was used to ask how many young carers were referred for an assessment, how many were assessed and deemed in need of support, and how many were in receipt of support in 2015/16.

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