The 2012 report on young carers by the Hackney Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission acknowledged that: 3

‘There is no accurate figure for the number of young carers in Hackney and this makes it difficult to assess the true scale of the problem.’

The last Census identified 1.2% of 0-15 year olds in Hackney and 1.45% of 0-15 year olds in the City of London to be providing unpaid care. Table 1 shows that approximately one quarter of young carers provided at least 20 hours of unpaid care per week.

Table 1: Number of children/young people providing unpaid care (2011)

Source: 2011 Census, Office for National Statistics

At 15 years of age, girls have been providing unpaid care for 7.7 years and boys for 5.7 years on average in Hackney and the City. 4

References

  1. “Report of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission: Support for Young Carers,” London Borough of Hackney, 2012
  2. “Public Health Profiles (‘Fingertips’),” Public Health England, 2015
  3. “Report of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission: Support for Young Carers,” London Borough of Hackney, 2012
  4. “Public Health Profiles (‘Fingertips’),” Public Health England, 2015