Young Carers

What is a Young Carer?

Mother and Daughter Cooking

“You're a young carer if you're under 18 and help to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem.

If you're a young carer, you probably look after one of your parents or care for a brother or sister.
You may do extra jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning or helping someone get dressed and move around.
You may also give a lot of physical help to a brother or sister who's disabled or ill.
Along with doing things to help your brother or sister, you may be giving them and your parents emotional support, too.”

Quoted from NHS website: Being a Young Carer - Your Rights

Challenges Young Carers Face

Watch the following videos to find out the challenges young carers may face:

Understanding Young Carers (approx. 3.5 minutes long)


Young Carers in Schools
(approx. 3.5 minutes long)

Financial Support

Young carers are eligible for extra financial support from Universities, which is usually non-repayable in the form of a grant. Students should check with their University choices to find out more.


Resources for Schools to help support Young Carers

The following resources offer advice to schools, to help support young carers:

Carers Trust and the Children's Society - Young Carers in Schools Programme
Carer Support Wiltshire - Information for Parents Teachers and Health Professionals