Young carers

You are a young carer if you are under 18 and provide care and support to parents, siblings, or other family members with:

  • physical or learning disability
  • illness
  • mental health difficulty
  • sensory impairment
  • drugs or alcohol problem

Some of the most common care tasks you may provide are:

  • domestic chores
  • shopping
  • help with moving around
  • giving medication
  • offering emotional support
  • providing intimate care - bathing/washing
  • looking after brothers and sisters

While children and young people help out and contribute in many families, a young carer typically carries out tasks over and above those expected of their peers.

How can I get help?

You have the right to an assessment of your needs and advice on the services available to you.

Contact your local Integrated Children's Service office for more information.

Specific support is also provided by Action for Children who offer youth groups, activities and advice.

Find your local integrated children's services office