Advise for Young Carers

Young carers can have a lot to contend with whilst still trying to do the normal growing up things. Here is a lot of information for young carers, If you are or know of a young carer then please take a look.

A young carer is someone under 18 and a Young adult carer is aged 16 to 25.

They help support and look after someone in their family, or a friend, who are ill, have a disability, mental health or substance misuse.

Many young people don't recognise themselves as carers.

What might a Young carer/ Young Adult Carer do?

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.

  • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.

  • Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.

  • Personal care, such as helping someone dress.

  • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.

  • Helping to give medicine.

  • Helping someone communicate.

  • Looking after brothers and sisters.

Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up

  • It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.

  • Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.

  • 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.

  • It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self confidence

  • Recent research on young adult carers who were no longer in education showed their highest qualifications were GCSEs grade D–G. (Carers trust)

Here are two videos highlighting what it is like to be a carer, please take a few minutes to watch

It's important to get the help you need so that you have time to do the things you want to do and be with your friends.

In Dorset young people care find support with their mental health with Kooth, a free, safe and anonymous online support service visit

Dorset Young Carers Service

Telephone: 01305 225677

Poole Young Carers Project

Bournemouth Young Carers

For more information, phone Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Children’s Social Care team on 01202735046.

01202 261550

My Time Young Carers

Family Information Directory

Dorset Mind

For information about Dorset Mind Your Head Groups and Support ONLY: 01202-315329 ext. 2.

Get in touch with Carers Direct

For advice and support with caring issues over the phone, call the Carers Direct helpline on 0300 123 1053.

If you're deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing or have impaired speech, you can contact the Carers Direct helpline using textphone or minicom number 0300 123 1004.