A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.
There are about 700,000 young carers in the UK, that’s about one in 12 secondary aged pupils.
What might a young carer do?
· Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
· Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
· Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.
· Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
· Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
· Helping to give medicine.
· Helping someone communicate.
· Looking after brothers and sisters.
Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up
· It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.
· Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.
· In a survey, 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.
· 26% have been bullied at school because of their caring role.
· 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.
But young people can learn lots of useful skills by being a young carer.
Young carer and young adult carers in England have the right to information and to an assessment of the support they need from the council.
The Carers Trust have written a free guide which explains what those rights are. It also tells you what should happen when you talk to the council about being a young carer or young adult carer. Young carers and young adult carers gave us advice about what would make this a great resource for them and their peers.
It is written for all young carers and young adult carers, especially for those aged eight to twenty-five.
Where to find support
The service is available for children and young people in Hackney aged 6-19, or up to 25 years if a young person has a special educational need and/or a disability.