This report, published by The Children’s Society, analyses government data tracking 15,000 children across England and reveals the significant long-term impact that caring has on a child’s life.
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Hidden from View was published to coincide with census data which reveals the number of five to seven year old young carers in England has increased by around 80% over the last decade to 9,371.
Hidden from View findings include:
- Young carers are one and half times more likely to have a special educational need or a long-standing illness or disability
- One in 12 young carers is caring for more than 15 hours per week
- Around one in 20 miss school because of their caring responsibilities
- Young carers have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level – the equivalent to nine grades lower overall than their peers
- Young carers are more than one-and-a-half times as likely to be from black, Asian or minority ethnic communities, and are twice as likely to not speak English as their first language
- The average annual income for families with a young carer is £5,000 less than families who do not have a young carer
- Young carers are more likely than the national average to be ‘not in education, employment or training’ (NEET) between the ages of 16 and 19
- Despite improved awareness of the needs of young carers, there is no strong evidence that young carers are any more likely than their peers to come into contact with support agencies