Getting help if you're a young carer

You may be a young person or child looking after someone at home who is unwell or disabled. This person is often a parent, but can be a grandparent, or brother or sister. You are probably not the only carer in your school.

What young carers have to do

They help in lots of different ways, like doing the housework, getting the weekly shopping, keeping an eye on people, helping them wash and dress, cheering them up.

How young carers can get help

Show this leaflet about young carers (PDF, 65KB) to someone you trust, like a family member or teacher and ask them to ask a social worker to see you.

Alternatively, people you can contact for help or advice are:

What a social worker can do to help

They will want to hear how you feel, and get an idea of what you want. This is called an assessment, but isn't a test of how good you are at caring. It's to help sort out what assistance you and your family can get. When the social worker visits you, you can see him or her alone, or, if you prefer, with your mother or father, or with someone else. Remember social workers are there to help, and your views are important.

What next

Maybe someone else will be able to help you by sitting with the person you care for while you go out. Other help is available too, such as meals-on-wheels or help with housework.

This will mean that you have time to do what you want with your friends or meet other young carers who know what it is like. You are allowed to ask for help and other people want to help, so talk about your worries.

Last updated: 26 September 2017