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Caring for our carers

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Young carers

What are young carers?

Family circumstances mean that from an early age some children and young people provide regular care and support to another family member. 

Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.

Young carers often do more than other children would do and as a result miss out on the chance to enjoy a normal childhood.

Photo of a young carer thinking.

What do carers do?

Photo of a saucepan boiling on the hob.

Cooking

Photo of a room being cleaned.

Cleaning

Photo of a carer buying groceries from a supermarket.

Shopping

Photo of a carer taking an older relative in a wheelchair for a walk.

Personal care

Young carers may be involved in providing nursing and personal care to a family member

Photo of a young carer embracing her younger sibling.

Sibling care

Young carers may be responsible for looking after their siblings to help the live normal lives

A photo of a carer translating for a service user.

Translation

A young carer may find themselves translating for their loved one if English is not their first language

Finding help

There are lots of people and organisations that offer support and advice. Try to be open about being a young carer with these organisations, as hiding it may prevent you from getting the help you may need.

  • A teacher or staff member at your school
  • Your school nurse
  • Your local doctor or GP
  • A family Social Worker
  • Make yourself known to a clinician when you attend an appointment with the person you care for
  • Barnardo’s
  • Childline (freephone 0800 1111)
  • Your local carers support centre (see below)

Bath & NE Somerset

Buckinghamshire

Swindon

Wiltshire

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