Posted: 16 May 2013

An interactive look at young carers' lives

Census figures released today show that 166,000 children, aged 5-17, are caring for their siblings, parents or others. This shocking number is likely to underestimate the true picture, as many young carers remain hidden from official statistics and the agencies set up to identify and support them.

Today we’re publishing our new report Hidden from View that combines the latest census data with new analysis of a government-backed survey that tracked the lives of around 15,000 young people over a seven-year period from ages 13 and 14.

Our report, summarised in the infographic below, paints a picture of who young carers are, their family circumstances and the effect caring has on their achievement in education and early employment. It's a great summary of the report.

Also, to find out more about young carers, you can find stories by young carers on our Young Carers in Focus project's website. The project enables young carers across the UK to share their experiences using a safe social networking site.




By David Hounsell - Policy team

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There are vulnerable children out there expected to take responsibilities as carers we must raise awareness and draw attention to their plight. particularly those with disabilities. We all have to pledge a commitment to educate adults that this act is a form of abuse and is totally unacceptable. We also have to educate adults that whatever their needs might be there is a service out there offering support we need to be able to flag these agencies but at the end of the day it all boils down to funding.

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