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Support for Young Carers

A Young Carer is under 18 years old, or has reached the age of 18 years and remains a pupil at school. A young person may become a young carer as the result of a family member's illness, disability, mental health problems, or the misuse of drugs or alcohol in the home.

Young carers may help someone with:

  • cooking, housework or shopping;
  • getting dressed and moving around;
  • giving emotional support;
  • medication;
  • managing the family budget or paying bills;
  • communicating or accompanying them to appointments;
  • help to care for siblings.

With so many adult responsibilities, young carers can face many challenges and caring can have an impact on their life including school or college, socialising with friends and how they are feeling emotionally.

Health and Social Care Partnerships are legally required to provide information on the Young Carer Statement which identifies and provides eligible support to those providing care.