Young carers are those who take care of a parent or other family member, including siblings or grandparents. It could also be for someone outside the family who has care and support needs. A young carer is aged 5-17.
Signs that someone could be a young carer include:
- not completing homework, absenteeism, lateness, inability to take part in after school activities
- often tired, distracted, withdrawn or anxious
- lack of time for play, sports and leisure activities
- social isolation - Young carers can feel that no one else can understand their experience
- victim of bullying
- behavioural problems, including offending and anti-social behaviour
- health related issues associated with lifting, such as back pain
Recognising someone as a young carer is not always easy, as their role may be hidden unintentionally or intentionally. Some young people and families identify with the term 'young carer'.