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Young Carers

Contact telephone numbers

Stoke-on-Trent Advice and Access Team Telephone 01782 232200

Or you can call a national helpline number (free of charge)

  • NSPCC - 0808 800 5000
  • Childline- 0800 1111

Useful websites:

A young carer is a child or young person who helps to look after someone else in the family by:

  • Helping them to get up, get washed or get dressed, or helping with toileting.
  • Taking responsibility of doing many of the household chores like shopping, cleaning, cooking.
  • Looking after younger brothers and sisters.
  • Providing a shoulder to cry on by just being at home with them.

There are many reasons why your family may rely on you. For example:-

  • You are a single parent family with no relatives living nearby so your parent may need you to help out; or
  • A two parent family, where one parent works long hours or is away from home so they may need you to help; or
  • You may have a parent who has disability that prevents them from doing the things that they would like to, and so you help to care for them, for brothers and sister, or for the home.

Being a young carer is a big responsibility and can sometimes make you feel different from your friends who may not have the same responsibilities as you.

Being a young carer can affect you in many ways, for example:

  • You may have to take time off school – even if this means falling behind with your school work
  • You may have to take time off from school because of an emergency
  • You may find it difficult to complete work at home or meet homework deadlines,
  • You may not want to tell your teachers what’s going on at home
  • You may feel tired, stressed or worried about what is happening at home.
  • You may not be able to go out with your friends or get involved in the activities they are enjoying
  • You might feel embarrassed about what’s going on at home
  • You may be bullied because people think that you are “different”.
  • Parents may not be able to do things with you, take you places, or give you the support that you might need.

If you are a young carer, it is really important that you and your family have the right support in place so that you are not taking on too many caring responsibilities and have time for yourself to enjoy time out with your friends.

If you need some help because you are a young carer, or if you know someone else who is, you should tell someone about this, for example a teacher or a another person that you know and trust.
If you don’t feel like you can talk to someone there are help lines and other people that you can talk to. It can be really hard to tell someone but there are lots of people who can help.

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