The Carers Association has criticised the level of support being provided to young carers looking after family members in Ireland.

New Census figures revealed that there are over 2,000 carers in Ireland under the age of ten.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, spokesperson Catherine Cox said expecting young children to provide medium to high levels of care for a family member is inappropriate.

Ms Cox called on health services to step in and provide support.

She said young carers need to be specifically mentioned in the upcoming National Carers Strategy.

Ms Cox said that for young people under the age of 18, there is no financial support, and no such thing as a social welfare payment.

She said there is also very little support for young carers in terms of emotional support, counselling, or contact with other young carers.

''There's really nothing in this country,'' she said.