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Young Carers

Who are Young Carers?

A young carer is someone under the age of 18, whose life is affected by caring. The person being cared for may have a disability, long-term illness, mental ill-health, or a drug or alcohol problem. The person being cared  for is usually a parent, sibling or other family member.
Care tasks in which young carers can be involved include:
Young Carers may be the sole carer or may be supporting another family member in care tasks. The most recent national estimates put the number of young carers between 19,000 and 51,000.

What does the Young Carers Service provide?

For young carers and their families the project aims to provide support through:
For agencies and those working with children and young people:

Torbay Young Carers Strategy

An interagency steering group has been set up in Torbay in order to develop a strategy addressing the needs of Young Carers in the area. The strategy aims to:

Developments currently being progressed include: