Young carers are children and young people up to the age of 24 who provide regular and ongoing care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.
Data from the Office for National Statistics indicates that there were 1,790 young carers in Oldham recorded in the last UK Census in 2011. This includes 615 children and young people aged 15 and younger.
143 (1.2%) children and young people (aged 0-15) were providing 20+ hours per week of unpaid care. This was significantly higher than the England average of 0.69%.
610 (2.3%) young people (aged 16-24) were providing 20+ hours per week of unpaid care. Again, this was significantly higher than the England average of 0.5%.