Are you a parent who cares for a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail?
If so, then chances are one or more of your children helps you to provide care and/or takes on additional responsibilities. This makes them a young carer.
Are you a parent who has a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition or terminal illness?
If so, then chances are one or more of your children provides you with care and support, and can therefore be considered a young carer.
To be a young carer, a child does not need to live with the person the care for, does not need to receive a payment and does not need to be the primary care giver.
It may be surprising, upsetting or confusing to think of your child as a young carer. However, by identifying as a young carer, a young person can feel acknowledged for the role they play in the family. With support in place, caring for a loved one can have a positive impact on a young person.
Research has revealed that the challenges of caring can lead young people to develop new life skills as well as maturity, compassion and stronger family bonds.
Supporting Families Supporting Young Carers – An information booklet for families with information about how to better support young carers in their family. This will be available shortly