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Young People: Carers

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 7 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the number of young carers in (a) Merseyside and (b) Crosby. (282548)

The 2001 census, which is the only source of nationally comparable data on the number of carers of all ages, indicated that there were some 6,000 children and young people aged under 18 in Merseyside who were offering some care to family members, neighbours, friends or others. Data for Crosby are not available but for the Sefton area the figure was 1,000.

The census records young people who are described by the adults in the household as offering care to their families or communities. This includes young people who are responsible for the care of a family member (which is how young carers are usually defined) plus others who may provide more occasional support such as child care for their parents or care for neighbours and friends.