Lots of young people take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult
Are you under the age of 18?
Do you look after someone (mum, dad, brother, sister, etc) because they have a disability, mental health problem or long term health issue, or have a problem with alcohol or dugs?
Do you feel that you miss out making friends, going out and free time at home because you have to help out?
Are you scared that something might happen to your family if you tell anyone about the situation you are in?
Are you worried about your relative when you have to leave them at home alone?
Then… you may be a young carer.
Did you know?
There are 170,000 registered young carers in the United Kingdom, but there could be as many as half a million that are not registered.
What help is there for young carers?
You may be worried that if you talk to someone about this, your family could be affected in a bad way. Don’t worry, we are here to help and identify any support available to help you and your family.
Get help from your doctor
You can put your name on the carers’ register. Your doctor may be able to offer you extra help if he knows you are a young carer.
Get help from your school
If you let your teacher know that you are a young carer, you may be able to get help with:
- Extra time to finish homework
- Flexible lunch hours hour if you need to get home
- Support with getting your parent to parents' evening
- Support if you are being bullied
What other support is available for me?
What is it like to be a young carer?
Watch this video of two young carers talking about going to school and looking after their parents: