If you look after a
parent, relative or brother or sister who is ill, physically or
mentally disabled, drug dependant or an alcoholic, then you could
be a young carer.
Sometimes it might be too
much to cope with and make you feel alone, angry or worried. It’s
good to talk about how you feel and ask for help if you need
Caring for someone can
make you feel tired so try to look after yourself too. It’s okay to
have some time doing things you enjoy, like relaxing with friends
or listening to music.
It can be hard to think
about your future, whether you plan to get a job or apprenticeship,
or go to college or university. But you have to live your life too.
That doesn’t mean that you love your family any less.
What to look out for:
- Being a carer means looking after someone,
even if it’s just for a few hours a week.
- Not talking about how you feel means you
might miss out on getting the support you need.
- Unfortunately some young carers are bullied*
at school or fall behind in lessons.
What to do:
If you’re finding things hard, is there anyone
else who can share the caring you do?
- If you’re being bullied at school or your
school work is affected, talk to your parents, teacher or an adult
- You can meet other young people like you at
Young Carers Projects – it might be a club or a day out.
- If you’re planning to work in the future,
some companies have Carers Policies to make it easy as possible for
- The government has started New Deal for
Carers to try to take some pressure off young carers.
ChildLine: 0800 1111
Hour Child Protection Hotline: 0808 800 5000
Young Carers Website
Keeping Children and Young People safe is everybodies