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UCAS take steps to readdress carer support

In recent news, it has been announced that students in the UK will be able to identify as a carer on their UCAS application forms, from 2018.

This is an amazing step in helping the younger generation move forward with their education and future, without changing their carer lifestyle. Carers Trust has worked incredibly hard to ensure that this option is available to those students who do identify themselves within this bracket.

This option immediately lets potential universities know that the student applying is a carer and therefore has further responsibilities, something that will need to be taken into account when reviewing their application. It’s important that this option is open to young people applying for university as many will struggle with their studies due to the duties they face; having support from the very beginning of the application process gives students more confidence in knowing they will be supported throughout their university experience.

There are a number of reasons why this change will make a difference to many young people’s lives. Carers Trust state that:

Not only is this a breakthrough for young carers looking to gain further education, it’s also a huge development for the carer community in general. Steps like this indicate that there is always room for growth and progress and that opportunities and help for carers can only improve.

It’s vital that even when students have the added responsibility of caring for someone (whether they are caring for someone with mental problems, addiction, substance abuse, illness, or disability), they are able to concentrate on their studies and have enough money to fund this.

Here at n-compass, we’re pleased with this development as more and more young adults will have doors opened to them. We hope this will alleviate some of the pressure of going off to college or university, whilst still managing carer’s duties. If you are over 18 and have caring responsibilities n-compass can provide you with support. For more information, visit the rest of our website or our Carers page.

Sources: NUS Connect | Carers Trust | UCAS

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