Am I a Young Carer?

Maybe you are only doing what you’ve always done… maybe you aren’t sure whether your responsibilities make you a Young Carer. Read on to find out if you are a Young Carer. 

What makes a Young Carer?

You might not realise it, as you are just doing what you do for a family member, but you are known as a carer.

A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, such as a sibling or parent, or a friend, who

  • has a long-term illness such as cancer,
  • is disabled,
  • has a learning disability or neurological condition such as being on the autism spectrum or having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),
  • has mental health issues, or
  • are addicted to drugs or alcohol.

There are around 700,000 young carers in the UK.

What do you do to look after them?

These are the types of tasks you undertake which make you a carer:

  • Helping with cooking, cleaning and shopping.
  • Helping with physical care, such as helping someone out of bed. 
  • Emotional support, including talking to someone who is distressed.
  • Helping to manage the family budget or collect prescriptions.
  • Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
  • Helping to give medicine. 
  • Helping someone communicate.

Who Am I?

This video is of a poem written by Young Carers using the voices of Young Carers describing what life is like as a Young Carer. 

So now you can answer the question... Are you a Young Carer?

If you are still unsure whether or not you are a young carer it might be a good idea to show this page to a trusted adult, maybe at your school.  Then ask them to click the button below for a guide to help you.