Closing educational engagement gap for young carers is key to improving health and wellbeing of future generations

A new study, published by Public Health Wales evidences the negative impact that caring responsibilities have on educational participation in those aged 16-22, and how this has 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.

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