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Young carers in England: Findings from the 2018 BBC survey on the prevalence and nature of caring among young people

Joseph, Stephen; Kendall, Claire; Toher, Deirdre; Sempik, Joe; Holland, Jen; Becker, Saul

Authors

Claire Kendall

Deirdre Toher

Joe Sempik

Jen Holland

Saul Becker



Abstract

Background. Many young people are involved in caring for parents, siblings, or other relatives who have an illness or disability. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of caring by young people in England.
Method. A national survey of 925 English young people was conducted using the 18-item survey version of the Multidimensional Assessment of Caring Activities Checklist for Young Carers (MACA-YC18).
Results. Around 7% of young people were identified as doing a high amount of caring activity, and 3% a very high amount. Most frequently, caring by a young person is for a mother or a sibling, with a physical disability. Caring activity consisted mostly of domestic
activities, household management, and emotional care.
Conclusion. This study provides the most up to date and methodologically sophisticated survey data on the prevalence of young caring in England, with implications for policy and practice.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2019
Journal Child: Care, Health and Development
Print ISSN 0305-1862
Electronic ISSN 1365-2214
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 4
Pages 606-612
APA6 Citation Joseph, S., Kendall, C., Toher, D., Sempik, J., Holland, J., & Becker, S. (2019). Young carers in England: Findings from the 2018 BBC survey on the prevalence and nature of caring among young people. Child: Care, Health and Development, 45(4), 606-612. https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12674
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12674
Keywords Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health; Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health; Developmental and Educational Psychology
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/cch.12674
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Joseph, S, Kendall, C, Toher, D, Sempik, J, Holland, J, Becker, S. Young carers in England: Findings from the 2018 BBC survey on the prevalence and nature of caring among young people. Child Care Health Dev. 2019 which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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