A Joseph Rowntree Foundation report coinciding with national carers week says that children and young people who care for chronically sick and disabled parents can experience long-term problems in their own lives because of missed schooling and lack of qualifications. Interviews with 60 young carers by Loughborough University found that a third of parents had no support from social or mental health services, a third of the carers lived in one-parent families, half had missed schooling and a quarter had no GCSEs.

Growing Up Caring: vulnerability and transition to adulthood - young carers' experiences .

Summaries: www.jrf.org.uk