What is a Young Carer
Young Carers are children and young people aged 5-18 who help to look after somebody in their family because that person has a disability, illness, mental health difficulty, or because that person misuses drugs or alcohol.
Many children and young people help out at home with things like washing dishes and keeping their room tidy but young carers do more than that. There are lots of different things that young carers might do to help, these could include:
- Helping to do the shopping
- Looking after younger brothers or sisters
- Giving medication
- Helping the person they care for go to the toilet or have a shower
- Keeping them company when they’re feeling down. Lots of young carers say that they worry about the person they care for when they aren’t with them and feel they need to check they are okay.
Caring can sometimes be a very positive experience and can help young people to develop useful skills like communication, time management and empathy, which can be very useful when applying for jobs or further education.
Sometimes caring can be difficult and can affect different areas of a young person’s life, including how they feel, their family life, social life and education, among others.
If you are a young carer or a family member in need of support, please contact the Young Carers’ Project team who will talk to you about your situation on (0191) 643 2298.
If you a professional working with a young carer and would like more information, please call us on (0191) 643 2298. To refer a young carer click here.