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Young Carers

Who is a young carer?

A young carer is a person under the age of 18, who provides a substantial amount of care to another person whilst assuming a level of responsibility. The person being cared for may be a parent, sibling or other family member who has a disability, learning difficulty, long-term illness, mental-ill health or drug and/or alcohol problem.
The young carer may be may the sole carer or be supporting another family in care tasks. The latest census estimates there are 166,363 young carers in England, compared to 139,000 in 2001 (The Children Society, 2013). 1 in 12 of these young people are caring for more than 15 hours per week.

Caring tasks young carers may be involved in:

How do we help?

For young carers we aim to:
For agencies and those working with young people and/or children:
If you would like to refer a young person to our service please contact using the details below.