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Young carers statistics - Young Carers

  • New research (2019) carried out by BBC News and Nottingham Universityhave found that there are approximately 800,000 young carers in secondary schools in England, 6 in every secondary school classroom.
  • Young carers are 1.5 more likely than their peers to have a special educational need or disability.
  • Young carers are 1.5 times more likely than their peers to be from black, Asian or minority ethnic communities, and are twice as likely to not speak English as their first language. (Becker 2013)
  • 27% of young carers of secondary school age in England experience educational difficulties or miss school. This rises to 40% were they care for somebody with a drug or alcohol issue. ( Dearden and Becker 2004)
  • If left unsupported, young carers can continue to struggle with school and have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level - the difference between nine Cs and nine Ds (The Children's Society, 2013).
  • Young carers are more likely than the national average not to be in education, employment or training (NEET) between 16 and 19. Of these, 75% had been NEET at least once (compared with 25% of all young people) and 42% had been NEET for six months or more (compared with 10% of all young people) (The Children's Society, 2013).
  • 40% of young carers report mental health problems linked to their caring responsibilities( NHS Long term plan 2019)
  • 46% of young carers between the age of 5 and 7 get up through the night to care for loved ones ( Carers Trust 2018)

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