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Young carers and young adult carers

Young carers and young adult carers

Overview

If you're under 18 and looking after a family member, you're a young carer. You'll probably be doing jobs around the house that an adult would normally do. You might be giving your relative emotional support too.

If you're between 18 and 25 and looking after a relative, you're a young adult carer.

It's a lot of responsibility caring for someone. You also need to have time for yourself outside school, to see your friends, and to enjoy your interests and hobbies. You also need support from others to help you.

You shouldn't be doing a caring role that makes you:

  • feel sad or worried
  • miss school or college
  • stops you spending time with your friends
  • stops you from getting or keeping a job 

Watch this video from Carers Trust.

 

The information was last updated on: 8th December 2015

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