Young carers are sacrificing ambitions to look after

There are around 700,000 young carers across the UK looking after a parent or a family member. In Glasgow, these young people make up around 12 per cent of children aged 11-18, and now a new study has found that their duties and responsibilities are preventing around half of them from going on to university or college after school.

According to a 2014 NHS survey of 11,000 pupils across the city, one in eight secondary school-age pupils in Glasgow is providing care for someone at home. Not only do these pupils care for someone with a disability, long-term illness, mental health or substance issue, they also have poorer outcomes for their own health and future expectations.

Our new study for the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) found that when asked what they thought they would do once they had left school, young carers were almost 50 per cent less likely to say that they thought they would go on to university or college when compared with pupils who had no caring duties.