What is a young carer?
A young carer is a child or young person who:
- provides regular and on-going care and emotional support to a family member (this does not mean the everyday and occasional help around the home that many young people are often expected to give within families).
- may have more responsibilities for a family member than many of their friends have.
- has caring responsibilities that often continue over time.
Did you know?
There are an estimated 29,000 young carers in Scotland - 4% of the under 16 population.
Why you might be a young carer
Your relative may have an
- a disability
- a mental health condition
- or a drug or alcohol problem.
How you might help
- You help look after a parent, brother, sister or grandparent – with shopping, cooking and cleaning, or personal care like getting dressed.
- You may also help by talking to them and trying to understand their feelings.
Because of these responsibilities, a young carer is often vulnerable, when the level of care and their responsibility to the person they look after, becomes excessive or inappropriate and risks impacting:
- on emotional or physical wellbeing
- educational achievement
- and life chances.