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Young carers

Who are young carers?

Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. The tasks undertaken can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of need for care and the structure of the family as a whole.

A young carer may do some or all of the following:

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
  • Physical care, such as lifting, helping a parent on stairs or with physiotherapy.
  • Personal care, such as dressing, washing, helping with toileting needs.
  • Managing the family budget, collecting benefits and prescriptions.
  • Administering medication.
  • Looking after or “parenting” younger siblings.
  • Emotional support.
  • Interpreting, due to a hearing or speech impairment or because English is not the family’s first language.

Some young carers may undertake high levels of care, whereas for others it may be frequent low levels of care. Either can impact heavily on a child or young person.

What do we offer for young carers?

We offer:

  • a listening ear
  • someone to talk to
  • emotional support opportunities to meet other young carers
  • coping strategies and techniques
  • and we look at ways we may be able to help other members of the family, including reducing the caring role where possible.

How do we do this?

We do this through:

  • 1-1 support with a designated worker
  • group meetings/sessions with other young carers covering a range of topics
  • provide information and advice to you and your family
  • putting you or members of your family in touch with other support services

How it works …

  1. You are referred to us

  2. We visit you at home to discuss the service and how we may be able to help you

  3. We complete a young carer's assessment with you and discuss the most appropriate support we can give you and your family

  4. We complete an action plan and give you and your family a copy 


Young Carers Service information leaflet

Young Carers Service referral form

 Useful web links