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Young Carers

For more information and to request a referral for a young carers assessment, please email:  or call 01782 235422.

Referral Form - Young Carers Assessment is available on the Early Help page of this website.  Click here to view.


Young carers often take on a level of responsibility that is inappropriate to their age or development. They may have to help look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled or has mental health problems, or is misusing drugs or alcohol. Their day to day responsibilities often include:

  • cooking
  • cleaning
  • shopping
  • providing nursing and personal care
  • giving emotional support.

With so many adult responsibilities, young carers often miss out on opportunities that other children have to play and learn. Many struggle educationally and are often bullied for being ‘different’. They can become isolated, with no relief from the pressures at home, and no chance to enjoy a normal childhood. They are often afraid to ask for help as they fear letting the family down or being taken into care.

Who is a Young Carer
A young carer can be defined as a young person under the age of eighteen whom:

  • Has a responsibility for caring on a regular basis for a relative or friend who has an illness or disability; or
  • Is, by default, left with the responsibility of caring for younger siblings or, in some cases adult family members, as a result of parental illness or substance misuse.
  • Many young carers experience:
  • Low level of school attendance;
  • Some educational difficulties;
  • Social isolation;
  • Conflict between loyalty to their family and their own needs. 

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