What being a young carer means
Carers are people wjo care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness, disability, mental health condition or an addiction. We use the term young carer to describe someone who is under the age of 18. We also use the term young adult carer to describe someone who is between 14-25.
As a young carer or young adult carer you have the right to be supported and get the help you need. You have these rights whether you look after someone everyday or from time to time, it doesnt matter if you do a lot or little caring.
You shouldn't have to be doing a caring role that:
* Makes you feel worried or lonely
* Makes your health worse
* Means you miss out on time with friends
* Means you do worse at school, college or university
* Stope you getting a job
* Stops you wanting to achieve your goals for the future
Your needs are important. That is why there are laws that tell the council that they have to find out what support you need by asking you some questions, this is called an assesment.
There are three types of assesment:
* Young carers assesment for carers under 18
* Transition assesment for young adult carers before they are 18
* Carers assesment for all carers over 18
For more information on your rights as a young carer and the assesment process go to