Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Poor educational outcomes for young people with caring responsibilities

25 November 2015 | 16:00 - 17:30 | Seminar
Room G.18, School of Education, Hillary Place

Dr. Cathy Brennan (Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds)

Conservative estimates suggest there are 175,000 children and young people in the UK with caring responsibilities for a dependent relative. The level and type of care varies between families but up to 20% may be caring for 20 hours or more a week and up to 7% for over 50 hours a week. Caring roles in young people have been associated with poor health outcomes and disruption to schooling which may limit opportunities in later life.

This study explored the association between young people identified as carers and their educational achievement using data from the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE). The results suggest that a young person’s caring role can have a negative impact on their outcomes in compulsory education. Even given the increased likelihood of disadvantage and health difficulties amongst young carers, they are less likely to achieve a recognised minimum standard of educational attainment and this is likely to impact on future life chances.

Part of the The Leeds Centre for Interdisciplinary Childhood and Youth Research Seminar Series, 2015 - 16

The Leeds Centre for Interdisciplinary Childhood and Youth Research (L-CYR) is a recent initiative championing the new social studies of childhood and critical youth research, and drawing together scholars, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners across the University and beyond.

The seminar series is being convened by Dr. Vicky Nesfield (V.L.Nesfield@leeds.ac.uk) and Prof. Alan Prout (a.prout@leeds.ac.uk). Please contact one or both of them if you would like to be on the L-CYR seminar mailing list or if you would like to offer a seminar paper.

Director: Professor Pia Christensen (School of Education)
Deputy Director: Professor Tracy Shildrick (School of Sociology and Social Policy)

Location Details

Room G.18,
School of Education
Hillary Place
University of Leeds

© Copyright Leeds 2018