Young Carers

Young Carers

What is a young carer? 

A Young Carer or a Young Adult Carer is a child or young person that looks after a family member with an illness, disability, a mental health problem or has a drug or alcohol addiction. The term young carer is used to describe a carer who is under 18, whereas young adult carer is used to describe a carer who is 18-25.

Many young carers do not actually recognise that they are in a caring role, they just see themselves as “helping out”.

Here are a few examples of the responsibilities a young carer might have:

  • Practical tasks such as cooking, making drinks, housework and shopping.TEXTYC
  • 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 wash or dress.
  • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
  • Helping to give medicine.
  • Helping someone communicate.
  • Looking after brothers and sisters.


How do we support young carers?

PRTC-375If you or someone you know is a young carer click here to learn more about our referral process.

Our young carer casework navigators may offer a carers assessment but also run a young carers project for young carers aged under 18 or still in full time education offering a range of activities and workshops. Often throughout the holidays we also run a number of trips and activities.

We run a schools project to help teachers and school workers to support a young carer through their education. For more information please click here.

If you would like to support young carers please click here.