What is a young carer?
A young carer is someone aged 18 or under whose life is affected by caring for at least one family member, over and above just ‘helping out’. These might be for a range of reasons including because of a:
- Mental health problem
- Drug and alcohol related issues
Young carers can provide both practical support, possibly by cooking, cleaning, shopping or providing personal care and medication, and emotional support by simply being there for company and love.
There are a large number of young carers living and caring for their relatives in the UK. You can find out more facts about young carers here.