STUDENTS who are providing care for family members with mental illnesses, alcohol and drug addictions are in “desperate need” of diverse forms of support to ensure their unpredictable responsibilities don’t prevent engagement at school.
A national survey of more than 5000 children aged eight to 14 by Flinders University and UNSW identified hundreds of young carers who are struggling to keep up with their studies and levels of school engagement compared to peers that don’t carry similar responsibilities on a daily basis.
The study was led by senior research fellow in the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Dr Myra Hamilton, and Flinders University College of Business, Government and Law Professor Gerry Redmond.
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