Up To 10% Of Aussie Kids Provide Care For Someone In Need
A recent study has shown that thousands of Australian children and young people (as many as one in ten) provide substantial unpaid care for someone with a disability, chronic or mental illness, dependence on alcohol or other drugs, or frailty due to old age. This results in their being less likely to finish or do well at school compared to children without caring responsibilities, carrying lasting effects into adult life.
We were joined by Dr Myra Hamilton, a Senior Research Fellow in Social Policy at UNSW to discuss the extent of this issue, and what needs to be done to help these kids.
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