A young carer is a child/young person
under the age of 25 years old,
who helps to look after someone at home,
and takes responsibility for them.
It might be a parent, sibling or family member
(Including invisible disabilities such as autism.)
A long term illness.
(Including invisible illnesses such as brain conditions.)
A mental health condition.
A drug or alcohol addiction.
There is a
all around you.
So, what do Young Carers do?
Looking after brothers and sisters.
Translating (sign language & other languages.)
Washing, bathing , dressing the person
they look after.
Giving them their medication.
Managing the family budget.
Keeping them safe, and helping them
understand the world.
How can we change this?
“Every school will have
young carers and just
one individual teacher or
support worker being
involved can make a
(The Princess Royal Trust for Carers)
“Teachers need to be aware of
our role and make a positive
difference when this affects
our punctuality, attendance or
(Children in wales and the Young Carers network
Info Leaflet 2012)
‘Accept me for who I am!’
I didn’t choose to be a young carer, but I am!
‘Be a good listener’…sometimes we just need someone to
listen to us.
‘Be supportive.’ A kind word, a smile, a hug – all these
help to make us feel better when we’re going through a
‘Remember we are just like you, but with extra
Make a difference for young carers….Top Tips.
Many thanks to all the young carers and their
families who allowed me to use their photos to
raise awareness for young carers.
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