This research looks at the experiences of 60 young people caring for an ill or disabled parent. It examines how young carers' move into adulthood and how their caring responsibilities affect this.
Several factors influence whether young people take on such roles - most critically the availability of external support services that meet the needs of the whole family. The study concludes that the emphasis in policy and practice should be on preventing children from taking on inappropriate caring responsibilities in the first place and stopping these roles from becoming institutionalised where they have already begun.
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