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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08189: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how many young carers have been in part-time study in each year since 1999.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 30 March 2017

The Scottish Government estimate that there are 44,000 young carers aged between 4-17 in Scotland and the 2011 census showed that there are 6,300 students who identify as carers aged between 18-24. This does not distinguish between part time and full time study.

The Scottish Government is working to support young carers to continue with their education in school, college or in university and not to lose out due to the demands of their caring role. We funded the College Development Network to design and deliver an online resource for learners with caring responsibilities. And while the Scottish Government does not collect annual data on the number of young carers in part time study an Action Planning Tool is available to help colleges improve identification and meet the needs of student carers.