Young carers: Quarter of a million children provide care for others

The Children's Society warns young people who provide care for a relative could have their education and job prospects permanently damaged.

The charity says one in 12 young carers in England spends more than 15 hours a week caring for a parent or sibling, and one in 20 misses school.

New figures suggest 244,000 people under 19 are carers.

The Chief Executive of the Children's Society, Matthew Reid and Elliot McEwan who's cared for his mother since he was 11 joined Breakfast’s Louise Minchin and Charlie Stayt to discuss the issue.

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