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2.4 Asking neighbours to care for a child

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People who would definitively or possibly be able to ask someone in their neighbourhood for help to care for a child

Current position

Just over half the population reported being able to ask for help from someone in the neighbourhood to care for a child.

Gender gap

  • 55 percent of women and 58 percent of men said they could ask neighbours for help in looking after a child.
The direction of
change over time
There has been little change in responses to this indicator since 2005 when the question was first asked.
Discussion Access to and provision of support, also known as reciprocity, are aspects of social relationships considered important in social capital terms. Feeling able to ask for help with
caring for children is an example of this type of social capital which goes to the quality of
people’s networks.

This indicator is one of several questions asked in NSW Health surveys to indicate social capital, or people’s feelings of social connection and trust.

Year collected: 2011.
Data source: NSW Adult Population Health Survey (SAPHaRI). Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health.
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