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Young Carers

Key Findings (published November 2019)

  • Census 2011 suggests that there are 2,840 Wirral young people aged between 0 – 24 providing some form of unpaid care.

  • There was an increase from 2,539 self-reported Wirral young carers in 2001 to 2,840 in 2011.

  • At Census 2011 Wirral had 748 self-reported young carers aged 0 – 15 years and 2,092 between 16-24 years.

  • Other research suggests that we can estimate that between 2,061 and 2,375 secondary-age Wirral school children could have additional carer responsibilities.

  • Young Wirral Carers (2011 Census) are 45% Male and 55% Female, with just over 73% under 15 and over 26% aged 15-24 years with the vast majority providing 1 – 19 hours (72.4%) then 20-49 hours care (15.3%) and 50+ hours of care per week (12.3%).

  • From 2001 to 2011 Census the percentage of Wirral Young Carers has increased by age as 2% (0-15 years), 14% (16-24 years) but this is below North West (11% for 0-15 and 19% for 16-24) and England (18% for 0-15 and 23% for 16-24).

  • The increase between Census 2001 and Census 2011 is 2% for 0-15 year old young carers and 14% those carers aged 16-24 and 11% overall.

  • Between 2001 and 2011 Census:

    • Male young carers fell by less than 1%

    • 0-15 year old young carers decreased by 2.5% with 16-24 year olds increasing to 73.7%.

    • More young carers are providing more unpaid care hours with 20-49 and 50+ hours increasing by over 2% between Census 2001 and 2011.

  • Young carers self-reported health from both 2001 and 2011 Census is worse than people who have no recorded caring responsibilities.

  • For 2018/19 service data then almost 27% of Young Carers who are accessing Barnardos support are aged 13 or 14 (21 of 77 young people).

  • Both the n001 and 2011 Census suggest that more Young Carers live and provide care in Wirral wards experiencing the highest levels of deprivation.

  • Conditions of Cared for Adults (2017/18 and 2018/19 data)

    • Almost 33% of young carers were caring for adults with a diagnosed mental health illness.

    • Almost 22% children were caring for adults with a Physical/illness disability

    • 10% children were caring for adults have a Neurological Condition (e.g. MS Brain Tumour, Stroke, Dementia).

    • Less than 5% were caring for adults with a terminal illness.

  • Of the 168 carers accessing Barnardos Young Carer service for 2017/18 and 2018/19 the key headlines in terms of household composition are:

    • 58% of young carers live in lone parent households.

    • 79% of young carers care for one adult family member.

    • Almost 80% of Young Carers being supported where from Birkenhead and Wallasey.

Previous content

Young Carers JSNA (published January 2018)

Further Information

New figures from BBC News and the University of Nottingham reveal that the extent of caring by children is much higher than had been thought, with 22% of children, who responded to a questionnaire, admitting to being young carers.

If the results reflect the country as a whole, it would mean that over 800,000 secondary school children (aged 11-16 years) in England have to care for someone at home, with nearly 260,000 regularly doing domestic work, household management and emotional care.

Also see Wirral Carers Section