Action for Children is conducting this confidential survey to explore what the Christmas holidays are like for children and young people who care for a relative. We will use the results of the survey to highlight the needs of young carers at this time of year. The survey questions were compiled with support from a young carer and young carer service manager.

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* 1. Are you

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* 2. How old are you?

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* 3. In which region of the UK do you live?

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* 4. What's the name of your young carer service? (leave blank if you don't have one)

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* 5. Roughly how long on a typical school day do you help care for your parent/sibling(s)?

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* 6.  Roughly how long over a typical weekend during term-time do you help care for your parent/sibling(s)?

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* 7. Roughly how long on a typical day in the Christmas holidays do you help care for your parent/sibling(s)?

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* 8. Have you ever been unable to attend parties or events during the Christmas holidays because you had to look after your parent/sibling(s)?

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* 9. Do you think there are Christmas activities (e.g. Christmas dinner, dressing the Christmas tree, family leisure time) you won’t be able to do this year because of your caring responsibilities?

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* 10. Have your caring duties ever meant you’ve had to cook Christmas dinner?

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* 11. Has your family ever missed Christmas dinner because of your parent(s) sibling(s)’ illness/disability?

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* 12. How often do you feel lonely during the Christmas holidays?

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* 13. Do you feel more stressed during the Christmas holidays than during term-time?

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* 14. Do your extended caring duties over the Christmas holidays make you feel more tired than during term-time?

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* 15. As a young carer, do you feel it is your responsibility to give your family a good Christmas?

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* 16. Do you look forward to going back to school after the Christmas holidays?

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* 17. Overall, how do you feel about being a carer for your parent/sibling?  Tick all boxes that apply

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* 18. Is there anything you would like to say about being a young carer, especially about your experiences during the Christmas holidays? Do you feel like young carers get enough help from support services? If not, what extra help would you like?

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* 19. Thank you very much for taking the time to answer this survey. If you want to share your story, please ask your parent or guardian to get in touch with Action for Children’s Storytelling team on story@actionforchildren.org.uk

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