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Young Adult Carers research

Young Adult Carers in the UK: Experiences, Needs and Services for Carers aged 16-24

This study, first published in November 2008, investigates the experiences, needs and service responses to the 290,000 young adult carers aged 16-24 in the UK today. It was funded by The True Colours Trust in association with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

The research is a ‘mixed-methods’ investigation and includes a literature review, secondary analysis of 2001 Census data, a survey of 25 young carers projects, a survey of 13 adult carers services, five focus groups with 29 young carers aged 16 and 17, discussions with staff at focus group sites, and in-depth interviews with 25 young adult carers aged 18-24 across Britain.

The data presented in this report provides new insights into the diverse experiences and needs of what is a ‘hidden’ and neglected group of carers.

Young Adult Carers in the UK: Experiences, Needs and Services for Carers aged 16-24 (1.2 MB)

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