Britain's Youngest Carers

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Britain's Youngest Carers

This documentary follows the lives of four of Britain's youngest carers - six-year-old Ty-Reece, sisters Clare and Erin, who are 16 and 14, and Josh, who's 13 - to understand the challenges that they face in caring for their parents.

Oritsé Williams, founding member of the boyband JLS, has cared for his mother since he was 12 and has experienced first hand the immense pressure and the toll it takes on a young person.

Oritsé wants to raise awareness of this hidden army of hundreds of thousands of young people who care for family members, some of whom have serious ailments and conditions, from physical and mental disabilities to terminal illness.

The programme also chronicles how young carers balance and juggle day-to-day physical and emotional demands with the pressures of gaining qualifications and getting an education, as well as their social lives and their hopes and dreams for the future.

Britain's Youngest Carers synopsis

Oritsé Williams from JLS has cared for his mother since he was 12. He explores how other young people manage to care for relatives and balance the responsibility with other childhood pressures.

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