Young carers are children or young people who take a significant role in caring for a family member. The family member could be suffering from physical or mental health problems, a disability or drug and alcohol problems.
The Parc Young Offenders Institution in Bridgend has been labelled "easily the best performing" in England and Wales by the chief inspector of prisons. He praised the amount of activities provided for the 15-18 year olds in Parc. Overall the annual inspection of Parc Young Offenders Institution reported "overwhelmingly positive findings", with care and purposeful activity given the top rating of "good", and safety and resettlement deemed "reasonably good". However he found the mental health services to not be in line with national standards. Governors agreed, reporting the difficulty in mental health services for inmates from the local health board and that mental health services needed a lot more support and funding as they are an "opportunity to prevent people committing crime" on release. Clarke said any negative findings should not detract from the good work being done. You can read the BBC's full article on the annual inspection of the institution here.