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Am I a Young Carer?

Do you look after or support a relative with an illness, disability, addiction or mental health condition?

Are you under 18 (or under 25 if you have special educational needs or a disability)?

If you answered yes to these questions, then it’s likely you are a young carer.

A ‘young carer’ is defined in section 96 of the Children and Families Act 2014 as:
“…a person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care for another person.”
This relates to care for any family member who is physically or mentally ill, frail elderly, disabled or misuses alcohol or substances.

If you are an older carer then details of support for you can be found here: