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Young carers

About young carers

Young carers are children and young people who take on caring responsibilities that normally an adult would do.

Some of the ways young people care for someone are:

  • Staying in the house a lot to be there for them
  • Helping them to get up, get washed or dressed, or helping with toileting
  • Doing lots of the household chores like shopping, cleaning and cooking
  • Looking after younger brothers and sisters
  • Providing emotional support or a shoulder to cry on

Supporting young carers

The Carers Trust helps almost 30,000 young carers and young adult carers (up to the age of 24). They help them to cope with their caring role through specialised services across the UK.

These services are delivered by Network Partners. These are independent charities offering young carers the chance to be young people free from their caring responsibilities. They do this through activities, clubs, outings, holidays and one-to-one support.

Online support for young carers


Babble is an online community where young carers under 18 can find others in a similar position. They can chat, have fun, share experiences. Also they can access information and support online from an expert team.

Babble is supervised by a team of qualified youth, community and social workers. They can provide expert advice in a friendly, safe environment. They provide support through chats, posts, confidential email or questions and answers.