Information for young carers
How do I know if I’m a young carer?
Do you…take on responsibilities at home because someone in your family is disabled, has been ill for a long time, experiences mental ill health or misuses drugs or alcohol?
Do you…feel you miss out on doing things after school or at the weekends because you have to help someone at home?
Do you… worry about how your relative is behaving or feeling and do you worry about leaving them alone?
Do you…worry about what might happen to your family if you talk to someone about any of these things?
If yes, then you might be a young carer.
There’s lots of information and help. You can get in touch with us or ask someone you trust to give us a call. We can come and speak to you at home or at school. We do need to speak to your mum or dad but if you are nervous about this then we can discuss it with you first.
If you prefer to get support online have a look at the Carers Trust website for young people: https://babble.carers.org/
You can chat to youth workers and other young carers and get all sorts of advice and support.
On the right you can view a film of one of our young carers as featured on BBC’s Children In Need.