What Makes a Young Person a Young Carer?
A young carer is a child or young person who provides regular and on-going care and emotional support to a family member with physical or mental health problems, has a disability, or misuses drugs or alcohol. This does not mean the everyday and occasional help around the home that many young people are often expected to give
Young carers often:
- Help family members to get up, get washed, get dressed or help them with toileting
- Do lots of household chores like shopping, cleaning, cooking
- Stay in the house a lot to provide emotional support. Also looking after brothers and sisters
- Help with lifting, dispensing medication, sorting household bills
- Support a family member who misuses drug or alcohol.