Are you a young carer?
A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem.
Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister. They do extra jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning, or helping someone to get dressed and move around. Along with doing things to help, you may also be giving emotional support to.
Your choices about caring
Some people start caring at a very young age and don’t really realise they are carers. Other young people become carers overnight. Young carers shouldn’t be spending a lot of their time caring for someone, as this can get in the way of them doing well at school and doing the same kinds of things as other children or young people.
It’s important young carers decide how much and what type of care they are willing or able to give, or whether you should be a carer at all.
The Local Authority should make sure people with care needs do not have to rely on Young People to care for them. It’s important for social services to ensure the whole family feels supported and comfortable with your role.
For opportunities on activities available across Walsall, please contact Youth Support Services 01922 714966 or Myplace Centre (Young Carers Group) – Fiona Wilson or Julie Hill on 01922 655419
- Young Carers Flyer (PDF 317KB)
page updated 26.05.2017