Bridging the Gap, Young Adult Carers in Scotland

That the Parliament acknowledges the launch on 29 January 2015 of Bridging the Gap: Young Adult Carers in Scotland, a report by Carers Trust Scotland;

notes the finding that young adult carers remain hidden and consequently are not always recognised by health and social care professionals as undertaking a caring role; notes that young adult carers do not always have a choice about their situation but raising awareness of their experiences and the challenges that they face can ensure that they have a fair chance to reach their full potential; understands that a quarter of young adult carers in school have experienced bullying because of their caring role and that young adult carers are four times more likely to drop out of college or university than students who were not, and believes that every effort should be made to ensure that the specific needs of young adult carers are recognised and that they receive all the support that they require.

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