We define a 'Young Carer' as anyone aged between 5-17 that is significantly impacted by the diagnosed health condition, disability or substance misuse of a close relative. This means someone they live with or see on a daily basis.

Are you a Young Carer?

Are you between 5 and 17 years old?

Does someone in your family (eg a parent, grandparent, brother or sister) have one or more of the following?

  • A disability
  • A mental health difficulty
  • Addiction to drugs or alcohol
  • A long term or serious illness

IF YES, do you?

  • Worry about them due to them having one of these conditions?
  • Regularly help to care for them or other family members because they are unable to care for them?
  • Carry out household chores such as washing, cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc?

If you answered YES to any of these, it's likely you are a Young Carer. 

Did You Know?

Based on the 2011 Census, there are currently more than 200,000 Young Carers in the UK.

However, a 2010 BBC survey estimated that there are about 700,000.

The average age of a Young Carer is 13, but they can be as young as 5 years old.

A 2010 Carers Trust survey found that 68.5% of the 700 Young Carers surveyed had experienced bullying or social isolation, often because of their caring role.  

The Carers Trust survey also found that 39.4% of the Young Carers surveyed had not informed their school about their caring role.