Being a carer

Am I a young carer?

You’re a young carer if you are under 18 and are looking after someone regularly because they’re ill (physically or mentally) or disabled.  You might be caring for mum or dad, looking after a friend, or you might be helping your parents care for a brother or sister or grandparent.  

Some people start giving care at a very young age and don’t really realise they’re carers. Other young people become carers overnight when someone in their family has an accident, or another carer becomes unavailable.

Carers help with:

  • washing, dressing or taking medicines
  • shopping, cleaning and laundry
  • paying bills and organising finances
  • watching over someone if they can’t be left alone

All of these count as being a young carer, as this clip shows: