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  • Travelling independently around the city and managing money continue to be the biggest challenges for children and young people. Although agreement around children and young people managing their own money has slightly improved since 2020 (by 6%), levels of agreement around travelling independently have fallen (by 9%).
  • Just over a quarter of children and young people in the sample can cook a meal (27% agree to some extent) with a similar proportion able to tell the time (28%). These are slightly lower levels than in 2020 (30% and 32% respectively).

My child or young person can travel independently around the city

Base: 2021 sample (267) | 2020 sample (54)

The following chart shows 13% of respondents agree that their child or young person can travel independently around the city.

Key findings:

Overall levels of disagreement are very similar except that a much larger proportion of respondents whose children or young people have vision and/or hearing disabilities ‘strongly disagree’ that they can travel compared to all other need types (+6%).

My child or young person can manage their own money

Base: 2021 sample (417) | 2020 sample (107)

The following chart shows 14% of respondents agree that their child or young person can manage their own money.

Key findings:

Over three quarters of respondents for every type of need ‘disagree’ that their child or young person can manage money, with over half strongly disagreeing in almost every case (except for those with social, emotional or mental health needs – 48%).

 

My child or young person can cook a meal (independently or with help)

Base: 2021 sample (417) | 2020 sample (107)

The following chart shows 27% of respondents agree that their child or young person can cook a meal.

Key findings:

Cooking a meal is a bigger challenge for children and young people with physical disabilities followed by those with vision and/or hearing disabilities.

 

My child or young person can tell the time

Base: 2021 sample (672) | 2020 sample (200)

The following chart shows 28% of respondents agree that their child or young person can tell the time.

Key findings:

Children and young people with vision and/or hearing disabilities are most unlikely to be able to tell the time, followed by those with a learning difficulty or disability.