General Slide 13 Who are Young Carers?

Who are Young Carers?

Young Carers are young people under the age of 18 who:

  • help to look after a family member with a long term health condition, disability, or substance misuse issue;
  • take on caring responsibilities including tasks typically carried out by an adult or considered inappropriate for their age;
  • are impacted by the family member’s condition- own daily activities or support available to them are affected.

This is usually a parent or sibling but can be any family member who the young carer may or may not live with but who they see on a regular/daily basis.

Young Adult Carers (YACs) refers to young people with a caring role between the ages of 18 and 25.