Enterprise Awards2017

Impact from research

Transforming the lives of young carers and their families

Category finalist

Professor Jo Aldridge - Social Sciences
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Professor Jo Aldridge’s research has transformed the lives of young carers and their families by informing and helping to change UK policy and practice.

Her pioneering work in this area dates back to the early 1990s, and she was co-founder of Loughborough’s Young Carers Research Group (1993).

In 2014, the Department for Education commissioned Professor Aldridge to conduct the first ever national study of young carers, aged 5-17, to ascertain their prevalence in England and investigate the effects that caring has on them.

This work has led to a greater awareness of the needs and resilience of young carers, and contributed to legislation that now supports and protects them – the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014.

A screening tool also developed by Professor Aldridge is now used by organisations worldwide to identify and work more effectively with young carers.

In April 2015, Professor Aldridge was appointed as a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Fellow. She continues to apply her expertise to drive positive change for young carers and their families.