A Costly Youth: The Impact of Caring on Young People in Scotland
This report, published by the Scottish Youth Parliament, explores the challenging financial circumstances facing Scotland’s young carers, as well as the impact of caring responsibilities on their opportunities in education, social development, and emotional wellbeing.
The findings of the research report highlight concerning levels of anxiety and stress. Many young people with caring responsibilities feel like their future opportunities and emotional wellbeing are compromised as a result of serious financial pressures. Financial concerns have been found to have a very direct and negative impact on the majority of respondents’ further and higher education experience. Some of the key findings include:
- 74.21% of the young carers said they have experienced stress or worry due to their financial situation;
- 80.36% reported that financial pressures have affected their ability to study enough;
- 80.36% have considered dropping out of their course; and
- 40.77% say that affording basic necessities is their greatest concern.
You can read the full report below: