There are thousands of children across the region who are looking after someone in their family. A DVD has just been launched recognizing their sacrifice.
According to Carers UK there are around 30 young people in every school in the south west who are young carers. Their average age is just 12.
It's estimated that 1 in 5 of these young carers will miss some of their schooling.
The film has been made by young carers themselves in the hope that it will help people understand the difficulties they face every day. You can watch it by clicking here and selecting the video link.
You can also see Eli-Louise Wringe's report here.
You can find out more information about being a young carer here.
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