Young carers

A young carer is a child or young person under the age of 18, whose life is restricted because of the need to care for someone who is frail or ill, has a disability or mental health condition or is affected by substance misuse.


Whilst the young person may be happy helping the person they care for, the situation they are in:

  • Can sometimes be stressful
  • Can affect their education, and 
  • Can make it hard to find time to relax and enjoy life with friends

Despite their caring responsibilities young carers have the right to be cared for and to enjoy life in the same way other children and young people do.

For more information see Young people as carers on the Family Information Service website.

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