Who is a Young Carer?

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.