As described in Section 5.3, the extent of informal caring by young people is likely to be significantly underestimated by official statistics. A 2012 report of the Hackney Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission highlighted the need to raise awareness of young carers among staff in all organisations, to help young carers to self-identify. 2  The Hackney Young Carers project, commissioned by the Hackney Children and Young People’s Service, aims to identify children and young people aged 8-18 years who help to look after someone in their family, for instance through a young carers needs assessment, as well as raising awareness and providing direct support.

References

  1. “Report of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission: Support for Young Carers,” London Borough of Hackney, 2012
  2. “Report of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission: Support for Young Carers,” London Borough of Hackney, 2012