Project Description


Do you spend time looking after someone who is ill or has difficulties?

Do you do things to help your family that your friends don’t do, like offering them emotional support, cooking meals, giving medication, doing chores at home, helping someone to get washed and dressed? If so, then you may well be a young carer and need some support yourself.

68% of young carers are bullied in schools.

Young carers responding to a survey miss many school days every year. The average was 48 school days missed  because of their caring role.

Only half of young carers have a particular person in school who recognises that they are a carer and helps them.

Following a survey in 2010, the BBC estimated that there are 700,00 the UK. Young adult carers aged between 16 and 18 years are twice as likely to be not in education, employment, or training (NEET).

Based on Census figures there are estimated to be at least 376,000 young adult carers in the UK aged 16–25


Being a young carer does not mean you can’t have any friends. It is important to maintain relationships with friends and, whilst it may be difficult if you find yourself caring for someone frequently, there could be ways round this like inviting your friends over so they are able to keep you company.


If you are a young carer you may feel that you are left on your own to support your family. However, there are services and places where you can get support (Your care your support). Schools will be able to give you advice on the best ways to help, and there are also online communities of young carers.


Remember, being a young carer isn’t unusual. There are over 700,000 young carers in the UK.

*All facts and figures used were from