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Young Carers Research Group - Loughborough University

YCRG - Current Research

Young Carers’ Needs Analysis 


Research carried out by the YCRG indicates that nationally 1.5% of children and young people in the UK are carers. However, local research in Manchester indicates that the percentage of carers the city far exceeds the national estimate and could be anything up to 30%.

An extensive change programme is underway in Manchester to improve and integrate Children Services in line with the Children Act of 2004. The programme outlined in Manchester City Council’s Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) describes how the City will deliver the five outcomes of the Every Child Matters (ECM) Framework. Meeting the needs of Young Carers is identified as a priority in the CYPP Plan and has also been highlighted as a priority in the Joint Area Review carried out in 2006.

One of the main objectives of Manchester city’s  Young Carers Forum and a multi-agency Steering Group is a strategy based on a partnership model, which includes young carers and their families as key partners in developing services that respond to identified and unmet needs. A key action of the Strategy is to carry out a comprehensive Needs Analysis to support and underpin the implementation of the Strategy.

The Steering Group – via Manchester Carers Forum – has commissioned the YCRG to conduct a qualitative needs analysis to help the Steering Group develop services and partnerships that deliver better outcomes to children and young people with caring responsibilities. The principal investigator on the project will be Chris Dearden, and the key objectives are set out below.


  • To assess young carers’ capacity to achieve the five outcomes set out in the Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda.
  • To identify the barriers that exist that prevent young carers from achieving the five outcomes.
  • To identify young carers’ (and their families’) needs in terms of the five principles in ECM.


A final report will be produced when the project is complete at the end of April 2008. The report will include  information and analysis of the needs of young carers and their families, addressing the objectives outlined above. The report will also make clear recommendations regarding the short-term and long-term needs that need to be addressed based on the findings from the research.


Manchester City Council and Manchester Carers Forum