Key facts

Insight from relevant policy and research to consider as background to Carer Passports schemes

  • Many young carers remain hidden, but we do know from the 2011 Census in England that there are 166,363 young carers aged under 18 years old. (Office for National Statistics, 2011 Census)
  • In 2010 however, research from the BBC indicated that as many as 1 in 12 secondary school students have moderate or high levels of caring responsibility, that’s 700,000 young carers in the UK. (BBC, 2010)

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  • Young carers have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level, the equivalent to nine grades lower overall than their peers e.g. the difference between nine B’s and nine C’s. (Hidden from View: The experiences of young carers in England, Children’s Society, 2013)
  • 11 to 17 year-old young carers were more likely to report being bullied than those without a caring role (16% compared to 3%). (The lives of young carers in England. TNS BMRB, 2016)

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  • Ofsted has strengthened its guidance in The Common Inspection Framework: Education, Skills and Early Years (Ofsted, 2015) stating that inspectors will look at young carers’ outcomes when making judgements.