Young Carers

Who is a young carer?

A young carer is a child/ young person under the age of 18 who looks after a brother, sister, parent or grandparent who may be disabled, ill, have a mental health problem or misuse alcohol or drugs.


Young carers day to day caring responsibilities can include:

* Cooking

* Cleaning

* Shopping

* Listening

* Helping someone get up, washing and dressing them


How might being a young carer affect me?

Being a young carer can affect young people in many different ways.

* You may feel tired because of all the extra things they do.

* You may fall behind in your school work.

* You can feel lonely, isolated and scared.

* You can feel anxious and worried about who they care for.

* You may be teased or bullied at school because you are a young carer.


Finding help

Being a young carer affects young people in different ways. There are Young Carers Services within Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset where you can speak to someone who understands what it is like to be a young carer, meet other young people like yourself, join in activities where you have fun and have a break from caring.

If you think you might be a young carer or you are a young carer and need help and advice, speak to an adult you trust like your parent, carer or school teacher. They will be able to get in touch with the Young Carers Service in your local area and make a referral.