Advice for Young Carers

Advice for young carers

We know young carers need proper support to make sure they’re able to look after their loved ones whilst taking care of their own health and wellbeing.

Norfolk County Council has awarded a three-year contract for our Young Carers and Families Service to Voluntary Norfolk, who will work in partnership with the Benjamin Foundation under the name of Young Carers Matter Norfolk. Together they will continue to make sure young carers to get the support they need so that they are able to flourish, including where they have inappropriate or excessive caring responsibilities. Read how this may affect you here.

There is a Young Carers Support App to download which gives young carers in Norfolk information and advice, self-help resources, wellbeing tips and activities, plus a catalogue of support services – all in one place. Go to:

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.

Source: Carers Trust

Call us on 0800 083 1148 if you have any questions or
worries about being a carer

Young Carers and Carers Trust CPN staff visited groups across Norfolk in order to hear from over 200 young carers and young adult carers. This is what they said:

218 young carers responded
78 said they receive no support

37.16% care for a sibling
50% care for a parent
3.21% care for a grandparent
9.63% care for someone outside of this demographic

51% of young carers said no one in their school, college or workplace knew about their caring role

1 in 3 young carers care for someone with a mental health issue

55% of young carers started caring between the ages of 5 and 8
25% of young carers said they had been bullied because they are a carer, or didn't want to talk about it
86% of young carers said they have never spoken to their GP about their caring role
9 young carers out of 218 said they . receive support online
11% of young carers said their caring role impacted their school attendance