Young carers2018-03-20T16:08:49+00:00

Young carers

Are you a young carer?

A young carer is under 18 years old, or has reached the age of 18 years and remains a pupil at school. They take responsibility for the care of family members or friends who need help due to illness, drug or alcohol misuse, disability or the effects of age.

What does a young carer do?

Young carers are not expected to help with the same things adult carers do. It is important that young carers have a say on the type of caring that they are comfortable providing. Caring should not get in the way of doing well at school or having the same opportunities as young people.

Young carers may help someone with:

  • Cooking, housework or shopping

  • Getting in and out of bed

  • Washing and dressing themselves

  • Looking after younger brothers or sisters

  • Collecting prescriptions or helping to give medicine

  • Managing the family budget or paying bills

  • Communicating or accompanying them to appointments

  • Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed and comforting them