The label, ‘Young Carer’ includes everything from intensive support of a severely handicapped parent to more simple tasks such as communicating for profoundly deaf relatives. But according to official figures, some 13,000 out of a total 175, 000 young carers in the UK are providing more than 50 hours of help a week, of which nearly 1,000 children are aged between five and seven years old. In the past, they have been labelled serial or hardcore truants. So what can be done about this small group of pupils who do not go to school, do not think about passing exams or getting job, who are often angry at the world and who have few hopes for their futures?
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