According to the 2011 Census, 1.2% of 0-15 year olds in Hackney provide any unpaid care and 1.45% in the City of London. This compares to a national average of 1.1% and a range of 0.9% to 1.3% among Hackney’s statistical peers.

Again according to Census data, the number of known young carers rose between 2001 and 2011 in England, from 139,000 to 166,000. However, as already noted, this is likely to be an underestimate of the true number of young carers. 2

The proportion of 16-24 year olds known to provide any unpaid care is higher, at 6.3% in Hackney and 3.4% in the City of London. On this measure, Hackney is amongst the highest of its 10 statistical peers (Figure 4).

Figure 4: 16-24 year olds providing any unpaid care per 1,000 residents aged 16-24 (2011)

Source: 2011 Census, Office for National Statistics

Hackney has a similar proportion of 0-15 year olds providing 20 hours of care or more a week, compared to the London and national averages and most of its statistical peers (Figure 5).

Figure 5: 0-15 year olds providing 20+ hours of unpaid care per week per 1,000 residents aged 0-15 (2011)

Source: Public Health England Public Health Profiles Tool

Hackney has a higher proportion of 16-24 year olds providing 20 hours of care or more a week than most of its statistical peers. Hackney also has a significantly higher proportion providing 20 hours of care or more per week than the London and England averages.

Figure 6: 16-24 year olds providing 20+ hours of unpaid care per week per 1,000 resident aged 16-24 (2011)

Source: Public Health England Public Health Profiles Tool

On average, the number of years for which 15 year olds have been providing informal care is significantly lower in Hackney and the City than nationally, for both males and females, but still stands at nearly eight and six years respectively. (Figure 7).

Figure 7: Unpaid care duration (number of years) for 15 year old carer (2011)

Source: 2011 Census, Office for National Statistics

References

  1. D. Hounsell, “Hidden from view: The experiences of young carers in England,” The Children’s Society, 2013.
  2. D. Hounsell, “Hidden from view: The experiences of young carers in England,” The Children’s Society, 2013.